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Flu vaccination season - additional national services
Flu immunisation will be critical to protect those patients who are most vulnerable and to support the health and care system during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
NHS Digital is helping the NHS to maximise the uptake of flu vaccinations by developing new systems and data flows. This will include providing data safely and securely to support a national flu vaccination ‘call and recall’ service.
Appointments in general practice weekly publication
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having major effects on how GP practices manage their workload, following requests from users we are releasing this management information to provide greater transparency and more timely data from our General Practice Appointments Data collection. This release includes data from the week beginning the 2nd March 2020 to the latest data available - the intention is to publish this data weekly to support primary care services during COVID-19.
GPES data for pandemic planning and research (COVID-19)
To support the response to the coronavirus outbreak, NHS Digital has been legally directed to collect and analyse healthcare information about patients, including from their GP record, for the duration of the coronavirus emergency period. See GPES data for pandemic planning and research (COVID-19) for more information.
Trusted Research Environment service for England
NHS Digital’s Trusted Research Environment (TRE) service for England provides approved researchers with access to essential linked, de-identified health data to quickly answer COVID-19 related research questions.
Data Coordination Board (DCB) activity suspended
Formal DCB activity is paused to allow resources to be diverted to support frontline activity in the response to coronavirus (COVID-19). DCB continues to monitor the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on existing approved standards and collections.
Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS) guidance
We are supporting Public Health England’s Syndromic Surveillance Service in strengthening and enhancing our daily ECDS feed to better track hospital episodes relating to breathing difficulties such as pneumonia and other COVID-19 symptoms.
Organisational Data Service (ODS) ANANA codes implementation postponed
The Organisation Data Service has taken the decision to delay the introduction of planned new ANANA format organisation codes that were scheduled to be allocated to new records created from 1 April 2020. This aims to remove some non-critical activity from the system while it responds to COVID-19.
Data Access Request Service (DARS)
We are prioritising requests for data in respect of COVID-19 as urgent requirements. This means that other applications or enquiries may be delayed. We are also prioritising applications for data agreements that are about to expire, or where organisational changes are taking place.
If you have any immediate concerns, please contact your case officer directly or email email@example.com referencing DARS in the subject field.
Terminologies and classifications: changes to planned releases
Changes have been made to the release cycle for the UK SNOMED CT Clinical Edition in order to respond quickly to the recording needs in the health and care records.
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) emergency codes designated for COVID-19 have been confirmed by the World Health Organisation and NHS Digital have published the codes and guidance to hospital coding departments for use with immediate effect.
Regular updates on clinical guidance, terms, SNOMED CT releases, ICD-10 and OPCS-4 are brought together on COVID-19 information standards.
National Back Office tracing service
Due to pressures resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) reponse, the following services have been suspended until further notice:
- charity letter forwarding
- death registration enquiries
Any service requests received will be held unprocessed.
QOF payments 2019/20
NHS England and Improvement published a letter on Thursday 19 March 2020 which confirmed that calculations for QOF 2019/2020 will be made as usual.
This data submission will be followed by a piece of analysis to understand the impact of COVID-19 and a one-off financial adjustment for practices who earned less in 2019/20 than 2018/19 as a result of COVID19 activities. Learn more about QOF payments 2019/2020.