EPISODE NUMBER

A unique number or set of characters that is applicable to only one ACTIVITY for a PATIENT within an ORGANISATION.

Format / Length

max an2

Description

EPISODE NUMBER is the same as attribute ACTIVITY IDENTIFIER.

EPISODE NUMBER  is used to uniquely identify episodes, and is a sequence number for each Consultant Episode (Hospital Provider) in a Hospital Provider Spell.

The first episode of each new Hospital Provider Spell (including re-admitted PATIENTS) commences at 1.

A known EPISODE NUMBER can be between 1 to 87.

For other Health Care Provider episodes, it is a sequence number for a CONSULTANT/ PATIENT combination; or it is a sequence number for each Sexual Health and HIV Episode.

EPISODE NUMBER  is used by the Secondary Uses Service  to derive the Healthcare Resource Group   4. Failure to correctly populate this data element is likely to result in an incorrect Healthcare Resource Group, usually associated with lower levels of healthcare resource.

For further information, please refer to the NHS Digital  website at: Payment by Results Guidance.

Notes:

  • The Default Code description for 99 - Not known has been updated. The Data Set specifications that contain this item will be updated in the next version of the Information Standard where it is not already correct.

  • Format/Length has been updated in Data Dictionary Change Notice 1808 "Correction of Format/Length Data Elements". The Data Set specifications that contain this item will be updated in the next version of the Information Standard where it is not already correct.

Default Codes

Code Description

98

Not applicable

99

EPISODE NUMBER

 not known

Also Known As

This data element is also known by these names:

Context Alias
Plural EPISODE NUMBERS

Where Used

Type Link How used
Data Set CDS V6-2 Type 120 - Admitted Patient Care - Finished Birth Episode CDS references in description EPISODE NUMBER
Data Set CDS V6-2 Type 130 - Admitted Patient Care - Finished General Episode CDS references in description EPISODE NUMBER
Data Set CDS V6-2 Type 140 - Admitted Patient Care - Finished Delivery Episode CDS references in description EPISODE NUMBER
Data Set CDS V6-2 Type 170 - Admitted Patient Care - Detained and or Long Term Psychiatric Census CDS references in description EPISODE NUMBER
Data Set CDS V6-2 Type 180 - Admitted Patient Care - Unfinished Birth Episode CDS references in description EPISODE NUMBER
Data Set CDS V6-2 Type 190 - Admitted Patient Care - Unfinished General Episode CDS references in description EPISODE NUMBER
Data Set CDS V6-2 Type 200 - Admitted Patient Care - Unfinished Delivery Episode CDS references in description EPISODE NUMBER
Data Set Patient Level Information Costing System Acute Data Set - Admitted Patient Care references in description EPISODE NUMBER
Data Element EPISODE NUMBER references in description EPISODE NUMBER
XML Schema Constraint PLICS Acute Admitted Patient Care Data Set Constraints references in description EPISODE NUMBER