As mentioned in the last newsletter we have reviewed and revised the data items that need to be collected. Two changes have been made and these will affect the data entry system from Wednesday 19 August.
1. CAP, the data entry system, will no longer record 24-week follow-up data items. This affects both manual and bulk upload formats. There is no longer a requirement to collect these data items.
2. There is a new data item to record – ‘Is this the first ever diabetic foot ulcer?’ this includes either foot at any time.
An updated manual collection form and bulk upload format will be available on the audit website from the 19 August.
Historical records can still be entered by omitting the 24-week follow-up items. 24-week follow-up data will not be used in future analysis. For bulk uploads see the new format and guidance on the web site.
The ‘First ever ulcer’ field is not mandatory; you can still submit without selecting an answer.
As data will be sketchy to start with, we will not be incorporating it into the annual report until the next audit cohort – 01.04.21 to 31.03.22, therefore you have until 31 March 2021 to establish local systems to start collecting it and adjusting your file upload process to accommodate the changes.