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Data Standards and Information Programme
The NHS Data Dictionary previously did not have the provision for 'not applicable' or 'not known', but it did clearly state:
Change Request 324
|Subject:||DSCN 17/2003 - Legal Status Classification Codes for 'not applicable' & 'not known'
|Type of Change:||Revision to NHS Data Standards
|Effective Date:||1 October 2003
|Reason for Change:||To enable more accurate recording of patient information to satisfy data quality standards where patients do not fall into one of the existing categories of LEGAL STATUS CLASSIFICATION CODES, codes of 'not applicable' and 'not known' have been included.
LEGAL STATUS CLASSIFICATION CODE 'The classification is required for all patients who have a HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL which includes the care of a CONSULTANT in the psychiatric specialities or have been discharged from such a HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL and are required to receive supervised aftercare under the provisions of the Mental Health (patients in the Community) Act 1995.'
To enable more accurate recording where patients do not fall into one of the existing categories, the provision to record a LEGAL STATUS CLASSIFICATION CODE of 'not applicable' and 'not known' has been included.
Summary of changes:
Note: Additions shown in highlighted with a blue background. Deletions are shown using strikeout.
|Date:||27 January 2004
|Sponsor:||Data Information and Standards Programme
LEGAL STATUS CLASSIFICATION CODE
Change to Data Element:
Change to Description
|Format/length: ||n2 |
|HES item: || |
|National Codes: ||Press Definition button for the National Codes |
|Default Codes: ||98 - Not Applicable |
| ||99 - Not Known |
The classification is required for all patients who have a HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL which includes the care of a CONSULTANT in the psychiatric specialties or have been discharged from such a HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL and are required to received supervised aftercare under the provisions of the Mental Health (Patients in the Community) Act 1995.
Note that the term ‘informal’ is used for those patients who are neither formally detained nor receiving supervised aftercare.
This data element is also known by these names:
|plural||LEGAL STATUS CLASSIFICATION CODES|
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