The non-elective admissions measure represents the number of people who make unplanned visits to hospital, often urgently and usually via Accident and Emergency. The formula for calculating the measure is the total non-elective admissions for Central Bedfordshire residents divided by the population of Central Bedfordshire. The target for the Central Bedfordshire area is identified by the national Better Care Fund programme. The challenges relating to this measure have been well documented in the national media and between June 2015 and June 2017 the figure for Central Bedfordshire increased from 2,316 per 100,000 population to 2,652.
Performance for December to March 2017/18 was higher than the required target at a rate of 2692 per 100,000; although this was a reduction on the previous three months. Complex Care support to reduce non-elective admissions to care homes is being embedded. A number of initiatives such as hydration training and greater falls awareness training is being targeted to care homes.