Pediatric staff information and evidence library (2023)

Introducing our contributor maps and charts

Using publicly available data and data collected by the Faculty, the following interactive maps and charts provide information on the child population covered by health, pediatric and emergency hospital care, as well as NHS Trust or Health Board and Community Trust in England.

We try to keep the data as up-to-date as possible, however, due to the wide variety of sources and different publication dates, this is not always the case. Major updates will be done quarterly.

The next update is scheduled for September 2023 and will include:

  • Number of pediatric consultants and their full-time equivalent in England, Scotland and Wales
  • Community wait time
  • New admission data
  • Data on the vacancy rate

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All data on hospital admissions and emergency admissions comes from NHS Digital Hospital Ward statistics.

child population

This map shows the number of children in the UK by age group and regional distribution in England. Population statistics are taken fromUK Census 2021and refer to interim assessments.View the map in a new browser tab.

Emergency grips and grips

All admissions and emergency admissions data, as well as full-time equivalent (FTE) data, come from NHS Digital.

Figures compiled by the Local Authority Association and its partners show that around 35% of all admissions to NHS England are emergency admissions, costing around £11bn a year2.

This chart compares all paediatrics school enrollments across the UK in 2017-18. and 2021-22.3.

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The map below shows the total number of (pediatric) consultation episodes (FCE) performed by child population for each country or region of England. The population figures used for each year were the most recent provisional estimates of the population of children aged 15 and under.4View maps in a new browser tab

Bed occupancy

It should be noted that due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-2021. it was necessary to reorganize hospital capacities, due to the different distribution of staff and beds compared to previous years. Therefore, caution is advised when comparing data for 2020-21. with previous publications from all countries.


The bed data in the section below is taken from the Urgent and Acute Care Daily Reports - Intensive Care and General and Acute Care Beds, which collects data from emergency funds and includes information on the availability of general and acute care beds for adults and children, pediatric intensive care beds and intensive care beds for newborns.

The following figures show this data in the form of heat maps for general and pediatric acute beds, pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care. Hovering the mouse over each region will show the number of available beds and the percentage of occupied beds.

Number of beds: decentralized countries

For the devolved countries of the United Kingdom, public authorities in each country have made available data by specialty, for both occupied and vacant beds.

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The maps below show the percentage of occupied pediatric beds by quarter in the form of a heat map. Hovering over each region will display a tooltip with the percentage and number of available beds and the number of occupied pediatric beds.

northern Ireland

Data for Northern Ireland were obtained from the Ambulatory Statistics Division of Continuing Pediatric Expectations of the Department of Health, Northern Ireland.

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The image below shows bed data collected from Public Health Scotland and filtered by pediatric specialty.

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The figure below is based on data from Digital Health and Social Care Wales for paediatrics.

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waiting time

This section summarizes data on waiting times for children and young people in four UK countries.


The information presented below is derived from NHSE consultants' recommendations based on data on waiting times (uncompleted journeys).

The table below summarizes the data by month. Reporting of expectations for more than 78 weeks began in August 2022.

Wait Time: Decentralized Nations

The numbers below represent the national numbers for pediatric patient waits in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The data was collected from the Department of Health for Northern Ireland, Public Health Scotland and Digital Health and Social Care Wales. As the data comes from different datasets, the groups of waiting weeks differ from country to country.

northern Ireland

The numbers below show the number of patients and the percentage of weeks waiting for pediatric clinics.

The table below provides information on current pediatric expectations overall and by Health Board/Organization.

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The numbers below show the current expectations for outpatient, inpatient and day care in pediatrics.

The table below provides information on current pediatric expectations overall and by Health Board/Organization.


The figures below show the number of patient journeys waiting to start treatment within the pediatric specialty.

The table below provides information on current pediatric expectations overall and by Health Board/Organization.


These maps show NHS Trusts or Health Boards in the UK and Community Trusts in England and Level 3 Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs)5. Note that some organizations have more than one installation.

Some of the latest changes include:

  • acquisition of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust by Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust with effect from 1 April 2022 under the new name Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
  • With effect from 22 September 2022, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust has been renamed South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (RH5) has taken over Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RA4) with effect from 1 April 2023.
  • Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust (RXF) has changed its name to Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust (RXF) with effect from 12 May 2023.

The introduction of the Integrated Care Commission saw some changes, such as the renaming of ICBs and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), now called ICB subsites.

The changes also affected the boundaries of six CCGs and four NHSE/I regional boundaries, resulting in NHSE/I Midlands expanding and East, North West, North East and Yorkshire England shrinking6.

If you hover over or touch a point on the map, you will see the name of the organization and the Comprehensive Council for Integrated Care. If your organization has more than one facility, the main hospital facilities are included and displayed in the tooltips.View maps in a new browser tab

Evidence library

A vast amount of workforce and health care data is publicly available.

Below is a list (which will be updated and expanded accordingly) of official sources with a brief description of the main types of information/variables and a link to the home page.

NHS workforce statistics

Monthly numbers of NHS hospital and health care staff (HCHS) working for NHS and CCG trusts in England (excluding primary care staff). Data are available for all months starting September 30, 2009.

Go to NHS workforce statistics

Statistics of SNS work - variables/information

monthly editions

  • Doctors by education and specialization
  • Employee group, environment and service level

quarterly editions

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  • Rotation
  • reasons for leaving
  • equality and diversity
  • mental health workers
  • staff at work

Database containing Hospital Episode Statistics (HES).

This is a database detailing all admissions, emergency department visits and outpatient visits to NHS hospitals in England.

Go to the HES database

HES database - variables/information

Covers all customers in England

  • Private patients treated in SNS hospitals
  • Care provided by medical centers
  • Clinical information on diagnoses and operations
  • Age, gender and ethnicity of patients
  • Admission and discharge methods
  • geographic information

Activity in the care of patients admitted to the hospital

The data comes from Hospital Episode Statistics (HES). The HES contains records of all admissions, visits and patient visits to NHS hospitals in England. The HES data used in this publication are referred to as consultant-completed episodes, and each episode refers to the patient's period of care with the consultant in the hospital. This publication is published annually and covers the financial year.

Access the Hospital Admission Assistance Activities home page

Hospitalization activities - variables/information

The main data of a series of actions related to the care of a patient admitted to the hospital:

  • Responsibility of the CCG
  • Diagnosis
  • ethnic category
  • external causes
  • hospital suppliers
  • Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)
  • major specialty
  • Procedures and interventions
  • medicinal specialty
  • weather series
  • Vendor-level analysis
  • Tables for intensive therapy for adults
  • Data quality analysis of pediatric intensive care
  • Surgery for urogynecological prolapse and SUI

Hospital accidents and emergency procedures

Accident and Emergency (A&E) Annual Publications in English Hospitals. Joint publication of NHS Digital and NHS England. The data sources for this publication are the Emergency Care Dataset (ECDS), Monthly Reports of Emergency Care and Admissions (MSitAE) and the Hospital Episode Dataset (HES).

Go to the NHS A&E page

Hospital accidents and rescue activities - variables/information
  • A&E visits in NHS hospitals, minor injury wards and GP centres
  • Patient demographics
  • Time spent in the emergency room
  • Distribution according to time of arrival, day of the week and length of stay in the emergency room
  • Waiting for acceptance and new arrival
  • Comparisons between countries of origin for waiting times of 4 and 12 hours
  • Emergency department visits but index of multiple deprivation (IMD)
  • Number of emergency department visits by ethnicity

NHS outpatient hospital activities

With a focus on specialist care, it presents annual financial year information publications on outpatient activities in English hospitals. The data comes from the hospital department statistics repository (HES).

Go to outpatient activities at the SNS hospital

SNS hospital outpatient activities - variables/information

Number of consultations (not individual patients):

  • age of the patient
  • Six
  • Did the meeting take place or not?
  • According to the supplier
  • By main specialty
  • According to the main procedure and procedure
  • According to the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)

NHS maternity statistics

Annual publications (exercises) on childbirth and episodes of childbirth and consultation dates in this case.
The data comes from the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS), both of which can be downloaded from the respective websites.

Go to NHS maternity statistics

SNS Statistics of motherhood - variables/information

Key information available includes:

  • Documentation of all admissions, visits and patient care in NHS hospitals in England
  • Delivery Guides (HES)
  • Steps on the road to motherhood (MSDS)
  • By supplier level
  • Breast-feeding
  • neonatal intensive care

Organizational Data Service (ODS)

It is responsible for publishing codes that identify organizations and individuals in the field of health and social care. It includes ODS Portal - the NHS's digital search engine for organizational data and ODS DataPoint - a self-service data export tool.

To goPágina principal do ODS, To goPortal ODS, To goODS data point

Organizational data service - variables/information

Available data includes:

  • Information on organizational mergers, name changes, geographic changes
  • Details of NHS and non-NHS organisations
  • records of past changes - ie correspondence between CCG and ICB
  • links to information on decentralized countries

NHS sickness absence rates

This series includes sickness absence rates for SNS staff from 2009 onwards.

Go to the NHS Sickness Rates home page

SNS sickness absence rates - variables/information
  • Monthly sick leave rates per organization
  • Reasons for non-attendance by groups of employees
  • Absence related to Covid-19
  • Summary tables for the annual financial year

data from Scotland

Public Health Scotland publishes information through the open data platform Scottish Health and Social Care Open Data (formerly ISD Scotland).

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Scottish Data Platform - Variables/Information

More than 90 datasets are available for download, including data on:

  • Annual and daily activities of the hospital
  • annual outpatient activity
  • Annual information on hospital beds
  • Monthly activity of emergency medical services and waiting time

Data from Wales

Data on health and healthcare in Wales is produced by a number of bodies. Statistics Authority, Welsh Health Survey, NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS), Public Health Wales, Welsh Cancer Surveillance and Intelligence Unit and many others. The main sources from which this data can be accessed are Public Health Wales, the NHS Wales health resource pages for Wales and the Digital Health and Care Wales (PEDW) patient episode database for Wales.

To goPublic Health WalesDanish, NHS Waleshealth in Wales, eOnline PEDW data

Wales data - variables/information

Health for Wales provides access to published data by organization or data type, for example:

  • Patient episode database for Wales
    • hospitalized patients
    • daily chores
    • obstetric patients
    • regularly

Data for Northern Ireland

The Ministry of Health provides a wide range of data sets through the Directorate for Information and Analysis. In addition, the Digital NI Initiative has created an OpenDataNI portal with datasets from across the public sector in Northern Ireland.

To goDOH statisticseuOpenDataNIplatform

Northern Ireland - variables/information

Examples of available datasets:

  • Covid-19 statistics
  • Northern Ireland Health Survey
  • Ambulance statistics
  • Statistics of hospital activities
  • Statistics of waiting times in hospitals
  • Mental health statistics and learning disabilities
  • Social welfare statistics - Services for children
  • Employment statistics - number of employees and vacancies
  • organizational information

Supreme Medical Council

The GMC Register is a list of doctors in the United Kingdom. It can be downloaded from the GMC website for a fee. There are two types of access: standard download and republish. In addition, the GMC has several data reports that you can view.

How to access the GMC registereuGMC data reports

GMC record - variables/information

Key information included includes:

  • The type of record the doctor has
  • training information
  • They have a work permit
  • Date of registration
  • Basic information on medical qualification

Pediatric Intensive Care Audit Network

PICANet collects data from level 3 pediatric intensive care units and was commissioned by NHS England and Improvement to carry out a two-year development project to extend clinical audit to data collection and reporting on children in level 3 PCC units. 2 separate (sometimes referred to asVery dependent units).

Log in to PICANet

PICANet - variables/information

Data available in the latest report (2022)

  • Admission to the intensive care unit for children according to age and gender
  • the results
  • To spread
  • Beds and length of stay
  • Children in ICU for adults
  • Division by health organizations

LG Informer

LG Inform is a tool for comparing local areas, managed by the Association of Local Self-Governments. It enables you to access, compare and analyze performance assessment data at local, regional and national level in England.

Go to LG Informa

LG Inform - variables/information

Here are some examples of available data:

  • life expectancy at birth
  • Admission rate of unintentional and intentional injuries per 10,000 children
  • Infant mortality per 1000 live births
  • Percentage of children achieving "good development" in primary school

Great Britain population data

Annual population estimates for England and Wales from the latest census results.

Access the ONS

Population data - variables/information

UK population statistics and estimates

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  • Dob
  • Six
  • geographic information

Fingertips - public health data

It brings together a wealth of publicly available child and maternal health data, information, reports, tools and resources into one easy-to-access hub. It helps you find and use the information and evidence you need to improve decision-making as part of the planning or commissioning process.

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It brings together a wealth of publicly available child and maternal health data, information, reports, tools and resources into one easy-to-access hub. Available reports:

  • Improving the health outcomes of vulnerable children and youth
  • Mental health in pregnancy and babies
  • Underage pregnancy and young parents
  • Speech, language and communication
  • Accidental injuries in and around the home
  • accidental injuries on the road


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