Pain

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Bingham Andrew Bingham Conservative, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for pain management in each region.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information requested is shown in the following table. These data are from hospital episode statistics and measure the time waited between decision to admit and admission to hospital. They are not the same as referral to treatment waiting times, which measure waiting times from referral to the start of consultant-led treatment by 18 treatment functions (subdivisions of consultant main specialties), but which do not include condition specific information.

The average (median) number of days waited for pain management treatment, 2012-13

Average (median) waiting time (days)

Area Team of Residence

Admissions

First Outpatient Attendances

Cheshire, Warrington And Wirral Area Team

59

46

Durham, Darlington And Tees Area Team

65

52

Greater Manchester Area Team

64

42

Lancashire Area Team

55

38

Merseyside Area Team

58

50

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne And Wear Area Team

44

49

North Yorkshire And Humber Area Team

57

55

South Yorkshire And Bassetlaw Area Team

41

26

West Yorkshire Area Team

84

54

Arden, Herefordshire And Worcestershire Area Team

49

49

Birmingham And The Black Country Area Team

47

52

Derbyshire And Nottinghamshire Area Team

47

29

East Anglia Area Team

61

50

Essex Area Team

56

55

Hertfordshire And The South Midlands Area Team

84

68

Leicestershire And Lincolnshire Area Team

63

54

Shropshire And Staffordshire Area Team

64

61

Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon And Wiltshire Area Team

56

60

Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset And South Gloucestershire Area Team

18

50

Devon, Cornwall And Isles Of Scilly Area Team

77

49

Kent And Medway Area Team

58

49

Surrey And Sussex Area Team

66

59

Thames Valley Area Team

69

56

Wessex Area Team

65

48

London Area Team

70

63

England

63

51

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Notes:

  1. The data provided are finished admission episodes (FAEs) and outpatient first attendances where the treatment specialty was either pain management or paediatric pain management.
  2. An FAE is the first period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FAEs are counted against the year or month in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the period.
  3. Attendances at outpatient clinics. Includes first and follow-up attendances and telephone consultations, excludes did not attends and cancellations.
  4. Area Team of Residence is the area team containing the patient’s normal home address. This does not necessarily reflect where the patient was treated as they may have travelled to another area for treatment.
  5. The treatment specialty is the specialty under which the consultant responsible for care of the patient is working, which may be different to the specialty under which the consultant is registered. Care is needed when analysing HES data by specialty, or by groups of specialties (such as "acute"). Trusts have different ways of managing specialties and attributing codes so it is better to analyse by specific diagnoses, operations or other recorded information.
  6. The median, rather than the mean, time waited is given as the mean can be affected by a relatively small number of records with a long time waited, however the median is less affected by this issue.

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