CDS 010 is scheduled for retirement from the end of 2018/19. The last submission for which CDS 010 is valid is the post-reconciliation submission for March 2019. Please see the ECDS September 2018 webinar for full details.
The following guidance is aimed at Type 3 & 4 emergency care departments, including current Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs) and any site planning to become a UTC which is not compliant with the ECDS information standard. If you are already compliant with the ECDS information standard you do not need to read this guidance.
UTCs not yet ECDS compliant and Type 3 & 4 EDs which will become a UTC
You must become compliant with ECDS, including daily data submission, as soon as possible.
All data for activity during FY19/20 will need to be submitted in ECDS format before the end of FY19/20 to prevent gaps in national data. This applies even if the data was not collected in ECDS format originally (see section 4 for details of conversion).
In the interim you should continue to submit CDS010 data in line with current practice. This will be available to commissioners via the usual channels.
Type 3 & 4 EDs which will not become a UTC
Existing Type 3 and 4 services such as Minor Injuries Units, Urgent Care Centres and Walk-in Centres that do not plan to become a UTC are required to close or become an alternative community-based service (e.g. GP access hub) by December 2019. Any exceptions to this timescale will need to be agreed by the NHS England and Improvement Regional Director.
When they change, these alternative community-based services will not be expected to submit ECDS. Once they change function, they will no longer be considered a national urgent or emergency care service and will be required to submit data through the reporting route that is appropriate to the type of service to which they have transitioned (typically primary or community care).
In the interim, these services should continue to submit data as a Type 3 or 4 ED in the way they do currently and if they can in ECDS format.
Technical considerations & conversion of A&E (CDS010) into ECDS (CDS011) format
The EDT system will be turned off on 30 May 2019, as communicated via SUS+ bulletins and the SUS+ What’s New page. After 30 May 2019, only the Message Exchange for Social Care and Health (MESH) system will be supported for the transfer of CDS interchange data.
Many CDS010 data items will map into ECDS format. Please see the ECDS Technical Output Specification for details including all mandatory data items, taking care to understand the difference between data groups and data items.
You should map as many CDS010 items into ECDS as possible, but please note that you must not attempt to map any CDS010 data into any field in ECDS which is in SNOMED CT format. Enquiries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.