The purpose of the Commissioning Data Sets is to enable conformant health ACTIVITY information to be generated, independent of the Organisation or system that maintains it. This enables health CARE PROFESSIONALS to measure and compare the delivery and quality of care provided and to support them in sharing information with other health professionals and Organisations.
- monitoring and managing NHS SERVICE AGREEMENTS
- developing commissioning plans
- supporting the National Tariff Payment System
- underpinning clinical governance
- understanding the health needs of the population
- reporting waiting time measurement
Information on care provided for all PATIENTS by Health Care Providers (both NHS and Independent Sector Healthcare Providers for NHS PATIENTS only) must be submitted to the Secondary Uses Service according to the Commissioning Data Set Mandated Data Flows guidelines.Commissioning Organisations need access to data to monitor Non-Contract Activity as part of the management of their NHS SERVICE AGREEMENTS, and to monitor in-year REFERRAL REQUESTS to investigate the sources and reasons for Non-Contract Activity.
The Department of Health requires accurate data for all PATIENTS admitted treated as out-patients or treated as an Accident and Emergency Attendance by Health Care Providers, including PATIENTS receiving private treatment. The Commissioning Data Sets also includes NHS PATIENTS treated electively in the independent sector and overseas.
Referral To Treatment Clock Stop Administrative Events may also flow using the CDS V6-2 Type 020 - Outpatient Commissioning Data Set. This allows the Secondary Uses Service to build accurate PATIENT PATHWAYS for the reporting of waiting time measurement.
The Commissioning Data Sets are the basic structure used for the submission of commissioning data to the Secondary Uses Service and is designed to be capable of individually conveying many different Commissioning Data Set structures encompassing Accident and Emergency Attendances, Out-Patient Attendances, Future Attendances, Admitted Patient Care and Elective Admission List data.