Emergency readmissions have been proposed as a measure of adverse hospital outcomes for some time. There is now a realisation that community services and social care play significant roles in providing the right reablement, rehabilitation and intermediate care services to support individuals to return home or regain their independence.
This indicator measures the percentage of admissions of people who returned to hospital as an emergency within 30 days of the last time they left hospital after a stay. Technical definition: Indirectly standardised percentage of emergency admissions to any hospital in England occurring within 30 days of the last, previous discharge after admission. Admissions for cancer and obstetrics are excluded. For full technical specification please see NHS Digital Indicator Portal Specification