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NHS Continuing Health Care (CHC) Patient Level Data Set

The NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC) data set is a patient level, output based, secondary uses data set which aims to deliver robust, comprehensive, nationally consistent, and comparable person-based information for people (over the age of 18 years) accessing NHS CHC services and NHS-funded Nursing Care located in England.

NHS CHC means a package of ongoing care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS where the individual has been assessed and found to have a ‘primary health need’ as set out in the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing

As a secondary uses data set, the NHS CHC data set intends to re-use operational data for purposes other than direct patient care. It defines the data items, definitions and associated value sets extracted or derived from information systems and sent to NHS Digital for analysis purposes.

How the NHS CHC data set is used

The NHS CHC information captured within the data set supports the national aims to deliver:

  1. Better outcomes,
  2. Better experience and
  3. Better use of resources, by providing detailed evidence that is currently unavailable.

The NHS CHC data set will demonstrate:

  • where patients are being placed out of area
  • where care packages are being changed frequently
  • other evidence which may indicate poor outcomes for the patient, allowing this to be identified and addressed.

The data set allows monitoring of patients going through local appeals processes to ensure these are resolved quickly and will highlight Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) where high numbers of eligibility decisions are being overturned on appeal.

Implementing this data set

NHS CHC data set v1.0 should be implemented by all CCGs commissioning NHS-funded CHC services in England. All data providers MUST be able to collect the information as defined in the Technical Output Specification.

NHS CHC Patient Level Data Set data submissions are to be made via the Message Exchange for Social Care and Health (MESH) as of 1 May 2022.

Supporting documentation

Learn more about the NHS Continuing Healthcare Directions 2022

Other tasks

Contact the NHS Digital Enquiries team:

Telephone: 0300 303 5678

Email: - please include ‘DSDS – NHS CHC’ in your subject line to raise a general NHS CHC enquiry.

Last edited: 7 November 2022 12:52 pm