A consultant episode is the time a patient spends in the continuous care of one consultant. The episode can be finished because of discharge, death or transfer, either to another consultant or another hospital. As a result, a patient may have more than one finished consultant episode (FCE) during an admission to hospital (if transferred to the care of another consultant).

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Episode based acute hospital inpatient and day case activity data is obtained from the hospital inpatient system (HIS), which is a patient level administrative data source. Information is now freely available from 2005/06 for episode based activity within the acute programme of care.

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