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Quarterly Hospital Activity (QAR)

BAAS: DCB3023-02 Amd 88/2017 Quarterly Activity Return

Frequency: Quarterly

Background to the collection

Quarterly activity data relating to inpatients (elective) and outpatients.  All data items relate to all specialties.

Figures are submitted quarterly on the Quarterly Activity Return (QAR) by NHS Trusts and Independent sector providers treating NHS patients.

Outpatient data includes:

  • the number of GP and other referrals for first consultant outpatient appointments
  • the total number of attendances at consultant outpatient clinics including patients seen for their first appointments as well as those attending for subsequent or follow up appointments
  • the number of patients who did not attend their outpatient appointment (first or subsequent) and gave no advance warning or arrived too late to be seen

Elective admission events are:

  • decisions to admit
  • patients admitted
  • patients failed to attend
  • removals other than admission

NHS England publishes the results each quarter. For further information relating to the collection, please visit the NHS England website.

Launch and submission dates

Reporting Period

Submission start date

Submission end date

Publication Date

Quarter 1 2020/21

1 July 2020 4 August 2020 28 August 2020

Quarter 2 2020/21

1 October 2020

4 November 2020

27 November 2020

Quarter 3 2020/21

4 January 2021

5 February 2021 26 February 2021
Quarter 4 2020/21 1 April 2021 5 May 2021 28 May 2021


Last edited: 18 May 2020 10:44 am