Case Number 4732
Request Date 15/04/2016
Completion Date 12/05/2016 

 

Details of the Request

I am contacting you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from the relevant department, directorate or division in your Trust that has responsibility for delivering Pain Medicine or Chronic Pain Services, including the finance and performance aspects of the service.

My purpose in making this request is to research the variations (if any) in how this figure is being calculated as the nature of Chronic Pain services run within a multidisciplinary team means that follow ups are counted very differently in different units, for example some units count attendance at a pain management program over several weeks as a therapy and do not include it in the new:fu ratio others count every attendance.

FOI questions.

  1. The definition of calculation used for new to follow up ratios for chronic pain referrals.
     
  2. The data for new to follow up for chronic pain referrals for your trust for the years April 2010 to April 2015
     
  3. Is the calculation used for new and follow-up in Chronic Pain a local or national definition?
     
  4. Can you provide the wording of the definition used?
     
  5. Does the New to follow up ratio calculation that is used by your organisation for Chronic Pain also apply to other specialties?
     
  6. If no - please explain the differences in the calculations.

 

Details of the Response

1. The definition of calculation used for new to follow up ratios for chronic pain referrals.

Total number of follow up attendances/Total number of new attendances

 

2. The data for new to follow up for chronic pain referrals for your trust for the years April 2010 to April 2015

  New Follow Up N2FU Ratio
2010/11 1274 2303 1.81
2011/12 1507 2729 1.81
2012/13 1583 2540 1.60
2013/14 1482 2683 1.81
2014/15 1734 3307 1.91

 

3. Is the calculation used for new and follow-up in Chronic Pain a local or national definition?

Clinic and other exemptions may be negotiated locally with commissioners, but calculation is the same

 

4. Can you provide the wording of the definition used?

The definition for calculation of this ratio as part of the agreed “Activity Planning Assumptions” within our acute contract with commissioners excludes all pain clinics that are part of a programme of treatment.

 

5. Does the New to follow up ratio calculation that is used by your organisation for Chronic Pain also apply to other specialties?

Yes

 

6. If no - please explain the differences in the calculations.

N/A