Development of MHSDS v5.0 commenced earlier this year for an April 2021 go-live, in keeping with the annual update strategy that has been in place in recent years.
In view of the current pressures on the system, at both a local and national level, a decision has been taken to delay the go-live for v5.0 until 1 October 2021.
This extension allows for the essential stakeholder consultations and assurance processes to be resumed at a more appropriate time in the year, which would have otherwise been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 response efforts. NHS Digital look forward to engaging on the proposals and will share details of consultation opportunities once these can be confirmed.
The Data Set Development Service would like to extend the opportunity for stakeholders to contribute requirements and feedback for consideration within the v5.0 development cycle. To submit feedback, we have created the new data set requirement capture form which you will be able to access through our next MHSDS monthly newsletter. Please look out for the newsletter in your mailbox shortly, and please complete the form as soon as practical to do so.
As a consequence of the v5.0 delay, there will also be a delay to a future version v6.0, which would have been scheduled for April 2022. Further details around long term planning will be shared in due course.