Glossary - Primary Care Trust indicators

Symbols:
= Target achieved
= Target narrowly missed
= Target missed

Other indicators are given a score between one and five - where five is the best score, one is the worst. Click on the titles below for further explanation.

Access to a GP
Inpatient treatment: Waiting too long
Outpatient treatment: Waiting too long
Number of smoking quitters
Emergency readmission after fractured hip
Mental health services: 24 hour access
Waiting more than a year for heart operation
Bed-blocking: Delayed care transfers
Access to an NHS dentist
Patient survey: Access and waiting
Patient survey: Clean, comfortable, friendly?
Death rates: Circulatory diseases
Death rates: Cancer
Breast cancer screening
Cervical cancer screening
Flu vaccinations
Teenage pregnancy rates
Emergency admissions (change in rate)
Emergency admission:
Children's chest infections

Antibiotic prescribing rates

Access to a GP
Percentage of patients who are able to be offered an appointment to see a GP within two working days.

Inpatient treatment: Waiting too long
Number of patients who were waiting more than 15 months throughout the year, or more than 12 months at end of March 2003, for an inpatient admission.

Outpatient treatment: Waiting too long
Number of patients who were waiting more than 26 weeks throughout the year, or more than 21 weeks at end of March 2003, for an outpatient appointment.

Number of smoking quitters
Percentage of smokers who had quit at four week follow-up with smoking cessation therapy on the NHS.

Emergency readmission after fractured hip
Emergency readmissions to hospital within 28 days of discharge following treatment for a fractured hip, as a percentage of those treated.

Mental health services: 24 hour access
Level of 24 hour services provided in area i.e. can people, when necessary, see a mental health professional and urgent referrals from primary health care teams can be seen by a mental health professional at any time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? This is given as a score out of five.

Waiting more than a year for heart operation
Number of patients waiting more than 12 months for a bypass operation (CABG) and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) throughout the year.
The target is that no patients should have waited more than 12 months throughout the year.

Bed-blocking: Delayed care transfers
Percentage of patients whose transfer of care from hospital was delayed.

Access to an NHS dentist
Are plans in place to enable people to obtain NHS dentistry within local standards, following request for help through NHS Direct and local enquiry points?

Patient survey: Access and waiting
Score from patient feedback survey asking question about waiting times and access to treatment. A score from one to five is given.

Patient survey: Clean, comfortable, friendly?
Score from patient feedback survey about conditions in surgeries and other PCT premises. A score from one to five is given.

Death rates: Circulatory diseases
Percentage change in mortality rate from all circulatory diseases in persons aged under 75 per 100,000 population between 2001 and 2002.

Death rates: Cancer
Percentage change in mortality rate from cancer between 2001 and 2002.

Breast cancer screening
Percentage of women aged 53-64 screened for breast cancer.

Cervical cancer screening
Percentage of women aged 25-64 screened for cervical abnormalities.

Flu vaccinations
Persons vaccinated against flu as a percentage of number of people aged 65 and over.

Teenage pregnancy rates
The under-18 conception rate per 1000 girls in that age group.

Emergency admissions (change in rate)
Change in the number of Number of Primary Care Trust commissioned non-elective General & Acute admissions per 100,000 population between 2001 and 2002.

Emergency admission: Children's chest infections
Change in the number of emergency admissions of children aged under 16 with lower respiratory infections per 100,000 resident children between 2001 and 2002.

Antibiotic prescribing rates
Prescribing rate of antibacterial drugs - cutting unnecessary antibiotic prescribing is a key priority to stop the emergence of resistant bacteria. Given a score from one to five.