Primary care data collection
The data is extracted quarterly from general practices via the General Practice Extraction Service.
All eligible practices will receive an invite via the Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS) to participate in the audit.
Once the invite has been accepted the practice will automatically be included in all extracts for that audit period. Practices will need to opt-in again at the start of each audit period. Exactly how this opt-in model will work depends on the clinical system used.
Find more information about how NHS Digital collects information from primary care practices.
Indicative timings for extraction are:
- November 2020: collection of data from January to September 2020
- February 2021: collection of data from January to December 2020
- May 2021: collection of full audit year data
Actual dates of data extraction are subject to change without notice.
For general practice, the collection will be facilitated via the GPES. The NHS Digital NDA, Primary Care support, and GPES teams have worked together to define the specifications and timescales for the quarterly collections which will take place automatically according to the defined schedule.
Secondary care and specialist services data collection
Secondary care and specialist services have access to the Clinical Audit Platform which enables continuous data collection thought the audit year.
Data submitters can add updated clinical information as and when an individual patient has a new observation (such as blood pressure check and HbA1c reading), and there is also the option to complete a bulk upload of information at a suitable time (rather than waiting for a finite submission window). Data submitters will also be able to track their organisations progress throughout the year.
There is a final cut-off date each year when the data will be extracted from all providers to build the reports from, but the providers will be able to continue to enter data at any time.