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. (If there is more than one chronic pain service regularly used or commissioned, for example where your CCG commissions on behalf of several CCGs please supply data for all chronic pain services used).
1. The definition of calculation used for new to follow up ratios for chronic pain referrals.
At Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust the calculation used is the number of follow-up attendances divided by the number of New (First) attendances.
2. The data for new to follow up for chronic pain referrals for your CCG for the years April 2010 to April 2015
The CCG monitor New (First) to Follow up ratios at specialty level only and not condition specific. However, we did not monitor this information prior to the CCGs forming in April 2013. See Appendix 1 for Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust Ratio.
3. Is the calculation used for new and follow-up in Chronic Pain a local or national definition?
The CCG is not aware that there is more than one way of calculating New to Follow up ratios.
4. Can you provide the wording of the definition used?
At Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust the number of follow-up attendances is divided by the number of New (First) attendances.
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.