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.
There has been a decrease in the numbers of non-elective admissions from the report in June 2017 to the report in September 2017. This has reversed much of the increase in this figure seen in the last year. Reducing non-elective admissions remains a challenge. The Council continues to work with health partners across Central Bedfordshire and the surrounding area to reduce the figure.