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Part of Coronavirus programme updates, 15 December 2020

Intelligence to support planning

Our data intelligence is being used to provide data, analysis, and dashboards to help the health and care system understand the outbreak.

This helps professionals understand prevalence and spread, and gives data to assist planning to manage capacity.

Summary

Our data intelligence is being used to provide data, analysis, and dashboards to help the health and care system understand the outbreak.

This helps professionals understand prevalence and spread, and gives data to assist planning to manage capacity.


New data collections

Situation Reports (SitRep)

The Community Health Services Restoration SitRep monthly data collection started on 17 November 2020 to capture the extent to which key services, such as community paediatric paediatric services, have resumed following the initial pause during the first wave of the pandemic. This will enable NHS England to understand the resilience of these services and to  identify specific issues or challenges that are emerging as a result of the second wave of COVID-19 and wider winter pressures.

The weekly 111 First SitRep started on 7 December 2020 to monitor the impact of NHS England’s 111 First programme by looking at changes to flows of patients through the wider Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC) system and whether using 111 as the default triage mechanism for UEC patients results in more efficient use of NHS resources.

The Long COVID Assessment Clinics Sitrep collection started on 14 December 2020 on behalf of NHS England to capture data on patient volumes, activities undertaken when assessing Long COVID-19 patients, and patient demographics. This information will enable planning for these clinics and the onward referral pathways. Demographic data will be used to ensure patients from BAME backgrounds, known to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19, are receiving the appropriate care.

Data being collected

We are providing NHS England with critical information about the impact of COVID-19 through 16 situation reports. 

Activity level in acute trusts:

  • position on ventilators, PPE, staff impact, patients admitted  and treated
  • daily discharges
  • aggregate counts for capacity, numbers of patients, staff absence
  • impacts of 111 First programme on UEC

Independent sector:

  • capacity, numbers of patients and staff absence related to Covid-19

Impacts on staff:

  • actual vs. planned hours of work (111 providers / ambulance trusts)
  • use of lateral flow tests by NHS staff (including absenteeism post-testing)

Utilisation of mobile CT scanners:

  • type of use, utilised hours, staffing data for mobile CT scanners (covers acute trusts and independent sector)

Impact on MHLDA:

  • bed usage, patient numbers , discharge numbers and staff absence for mental health, learning disability and community services (MHLDA) (covers community and mental health trusts and independent sector)

Activity levels in community settings:

  • restoration of community health services
  • activity in Long COVID clinics
  • discharges from community inpatient services
  • NHS continuing healthcare (NHS CHC)

Secondary care medicines data

Pilot collection of secondary care medicines from the 2 largest suppliers, WellSky and Cerner, continues and is being used to inform the specification for a secondary caremedicine s data set at patient level.

Collection of medicines data from all WellSky trusts (24 trust) commenced on 30 November, flowing historical data (back to January 2019) and implementing a daily flow.

Collection of data from the first Cerner pilot site has been challenging so an additional trust has been engaged to provide sufficient data for analysis and allow standardisation of Cerner data, ensuring comparability (such as dm+d).

This data collection was accelerated to support the COVID-19 response by enabling a better understanding of the role of medicines used in treatment of COVID-19 patients in secondary care (dexamethasone for example) and provides an additional dataset for research.

Last edited: 21 July 2021 1:43 pm