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 April to June 2018 exceeded the required target of 2,491 per 100,000; although this was a reduction on the previous six months. There are a number of prevention schemes working to reduce A&E attendance which has an impact on non-elective admissions. These include; Hear and Treat, See and Treat, Early Intervention Vehicle, and direct GP bookings with Herts Urgent Care.