NHS Staffed Beds and Percentage Occupancy

$179 / year

This dataset includes information split by location for health board of available staffed beds, hospital and council area. Due to the variability in the number of available beds in a ward or specialty, the total number of available beds is calculated by taking the average of the number of beds available in each day of the quarter and percentage occupancy for acute specialties for acute hospital care services.

Complexity

To provide an effective, safe and efficient service to patients, hospitals must balance the provision of staffed beds against anticipated demand. Historically, the total number of beds had been reducing in line with evolving models of healthcare provision, which aim to reduce the frequency and duration of hospital admissions. This downward trend is currently continuing. The following indicators only take into account the use of beds by inpatients.

The main unit used to measure bed provision within this publication is an available staffed bed. As the number of available beds in a ward or specialty can vary, due to factors such as demand and seasonality (peaking in the quarter ending March and falling in the quarter ending September), the total number of available beds is calculated by taking the average of the number of beds available in each day of the quarter.

There were on average 13,247 available staffed beds for all acute specialties in the quarter ending September 2017. This is a reduction of 2.2% percent since the quarter ending September 2016 and a reduction of 4.0% over five years. Bed use is measured by percentage occupancy. The number of average available staffed beds and percentage occupancy for acute specialties. The fluctuation in the percentage occupancy can be explained by seasonal demand. Bed occupancy, for example, increases during winter months because of increased hospital activity at that time of year. For all acute specialties in the quarter ending September 2017, the percentage occupancy was 85%. This has remained at the same level when compared to the quarter ending September 2016. For the same time period five years ago, the percentage occupancy was 84%.

Date Created

2018-05-01

Last Modified

2018-06-26

Version

2018-06-26

Update Frequency

Quarterly

Temporal Coverage

1st January 2013 to 31st March 2018

Spatial Coverage

Scotland

Source

John Snow Labs; Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland;

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Keywords

Percentage Occupancy, Hospital Acute Specialties, NHS Staffed Beds, Beds for All Acute Specialties, Acute Hospital Care Services, Bed Occupancy, Patient Administration System, Beds Methodology

Other Titles

Acute Hospital Care Performance Measure For NHS Staffed Beds, Acute Hospitals' Quality of Care Comparison for NHS Staffed Beds and Percentage Occupancy, Average Available Staffed Beds and Percentage Occupancy For Acute Specialties

NameDescriptionTypeConstraints
Quarter_DateIndicates the final date of the quarter.date-
Quarter_CoverageIndicates the quarter period in text format.string-
Health_Board_CodeIndicates either the 9 digit health board code or "scot" for Scotland. For the residence data files, the Health board code and name is in relation to the health board of residence. For the treatment data files, the Health board code and name is in relation to the health board of treatment.string-
Health_Board_NameIndicates the health board name.string-
Location_CodeIndicates either the 5 digit hospital code; 9 digit health board or council code; or “scot” for Scotland.string-
Location_NameIndicates the name of the location.string-
Specialty_NameIndicates the name of the specialty.string-
All_Available_Staffed_BedsIndicates all the available staffed beds.numberlevel : Ratio
Total_Occupied_BedsIndicates the total occupied beds.numberlevel : Ratio
Daily_Average_Available_Staffed_BedsIndicates the daily average available staffed beds.numberlevel : Ratio
Daily_Average_Occupied_BedsIndicates the daily average available occupied beds.numberlevel : Ratio
Percentage_OccupancyIndicates the percentage occupancy for staffed beds.numberlevel : Ratio
Quarter DateQuarter CoverageHealth Board CodeHealth Board NameLocation CodeLocation NameSpecialty NameAll Available Staffed BedsTotal Occupied BedsDaily Average Available Staffed BedsDaily Average Occupied BedsPercentage Occupancy
2013-12-31Oct - Dec-13SB0801National Waiting Times CentreD102HGolden Jubilee National HospitalAll Acute1651911765179.5543478127.880434871.22101822
2013-12-31Oct - Dec-13SB0801National Waiting Times CentreSB0801National Waiting Times CentreAll Acute1651911765179.5543478127.880434871.22101822
2014-03-31Jan - Mar-14SB0801National Waiting Times CentreD102HGolden Jubilee National HospitalAll Acute1606212365178.4666667137.388888976.9829411
2014-03-31Jan - Mar-14SB0801National Waiting Times CentreSB0801National Waiting Times CentreAll Acute1606212365178.4666667137.388888976.9829411
2014-06-30Apr - Jun-14SB0801National Waiting Times CentreD102HGolden Jubilee National HospitalAll Acute1633312157179.4835165133.593406674.43213127
2014-06-30Apr - Jun-14SB0801National Waiting Times CentreSB0801National Waiting Times CentreAll Acute1633312157179.4835165133.593406674.43213127
2014-09-30Jul - Sep-14SB0801National Waiting Times CentreD102HGolden Jubilee National HospitalAll Acute1642712710178.5543478138.152173977.37261825
2014-09-30Jul - Sep-14SB0801National Waiting Times CentreSB0801National Waiting Times CentreAll Acute1642712710178.5543478138.152173977.37261825
2014-12-31Oct - Dec-14SB0801National Waiting Times CentreD102HGolden Jubilee National HospitalAll Acute1607212222174.6956522132.847826176.04529617
2014-12-31Oct - Dec-14SB0801National Waiting Times CentreSB0801National Waiting Times CentreAll Acute1607212222174.6956522132.847826176.04529617