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Community Services Data Set

As a secondary uses data set Community Services Data Set (CSDS) re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care. It defines the data items, definitions and associated value sets extracted or derived from local information systems and sent to NHS Digital for analysis purposes.

CSDS sets out national definitions for the extraction of data about children and adults including: 

  • personal and demographic 
  • social and personal circumstances 
  • breastfeeding and nutrition 
  • care event and screening activity 
  • diagnoses, including long-term conditions and disabilities 
  • scored assessments

These activities could take place in settings such as health centres, Sure Start centres, day care facilities, schools or community centres, mobile facilities, or a patient's own home.

CSDS v1.5 is the current version of the data set; headline changes from the previous version include:

  • 4 new tables
  • Additional data items added (such as ‘Primary Data Collection System in Use’)
  • Updates to value lists for some data items (such as ‘Person Relationship (Main Carer)’)
  • Inclusion of new Assessment Scales (such as ‘Karnofsky Performance Status Scale’)
  • Move from data submissions on the BSP to SDCS Cloud 

How the CSDS is used

The CSDS information captured from publicly funded community services provides reliable information for:

  • local and national monitoring
  • reporting for effective commissioning
  • monitoring outcomes
  • addressing health inequalities

Implementing this data set

CSDS v1.5 should be implemented by all publicly funded community services in England. Providers could be from foundation or non-foundation trusts and includes: 

  • acute trusts
  • mental health trusts
  • community healthcare trusts 
  • care trusts
  • social enterprises
  • integrated care organisations 
  • any qualified providers 
  • independent sector providers (including third sector)
  • local authorities

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Feedback and how to suggest changes

Further changes to CSDS beyond those implemented in CSDS v1.5 may be required in the future subject to requirements being agreed. We are always happy to receive feedback and requests for changes, these will be recorded and evaluated on a case-by-case basis for inclusion in the future version of the data set. These should be emailed to the NHS Digital enquiries team  making clear reference to CSDS.

Contact the NHS Digital Enquiries team on 0300 303 5678 or email enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk to raise a general CSDS enquiry.

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Last edited: 26 May 2021 12:04 pm