The way the data is employed will change slightly for those measures that consider performance of the provider over time, taking advantage of the MSWM. This is described below:
The provisional report will continue to be produced as it is important to have an early view of the data especially for issues such as Delayed Transfers of Care (DToC).
The performance report (previously the final report) will be produced using the same timeframe that is currently adopted, i.e. following the Performance and Provisional submission windows.
These reports will be classed as experimental statistics, containing all measures that would have been included previously and any new measures will be added to this publication in due course.
The provisional and performance reports will employ all relevant data available to NHS Digital at the time the reports are issued (up to the closure of the performance submission window). This takes advantage of the MSWM as follows:
- if a provider has resubmitted historic data (resolving issues) or submitted historic data for the first time (catch up), this will be included in the calculation of measures that consider data over a period of time thus better reflecting the performance of the provider, an example measure that would be improved is MHS69 - the number of children and young people receiving at least two contacts
- prior to the MSWM, the measure would have been calculated using incorrect data or missing data if it had been submitted in error or not been submitted during the provisional or performance window
- measures that reflect the performance of the provider during the provisional or performance window will continue to be produced as before, using only data submitted in the provisional or performance window
Any data submitted post the creation of the provisional or performance reports will not be included in the calculation of measures for these reporting months until the final report, see below:
The notes and data quality documentation associated with these publications will include information relating to the MSWM, and the impact it may have had on the publication (at a high level).
On a monthly basis the MSWM tracker shall be published, this will record the new submissions that have been made for that month post the creation of the performance (previously the final) publication. For instance, if a provider had not submitted data by the time of the publication and now has or a provider has increased or decreased the volume of records for that month substantially, this will be stated. This will not result in an update to the performance publication.
In line with the Annual Bulletin or earlier; once all the submissions have been finalised, that is, post May of the following financial year, a final publication eeport shall be created for each month. It is not proposed that the changes/impact from the Performance Publication are assessed, as this will have been documented through the MSWM Tracker described above. This new final report shall be added to the publication page for the relevant month.
NHS Digital will continue using data submitted during the first two submission months (Provisional and Performance data) to calculate the Data Quality Maturity Index.