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From April 2020, NHS Digital implemented a multiple submission window model (MSWM) for MHSDS, which allows providers to retrospectively submit data for a specific reporting period once the initial provisional and performance submission windows have closed.
This webpage is particularly aimed at data providers so they understand how data should be submitted and how the data is used. This webpage was updated in November 2020 to present the latest position.
The Multiple Submission Window Model should only be employed where:
- a new provider starts submitting data mid-year for the first time
- an issue was identified in a provider’s submission for that month that requires resubmission
- the resubmission of a particular month’s data has resulted in data associated with earlier or later months being impacted
Resubmission of data is optional, and we anticipate providers will use this process only in exceptional circumstances. There is no need to resubmit data unless the resubmitted data are considered to be of higher quality than the original submission or if the data being resubmitted has a knock-on effect on other data (for example, where a change to April’s submission impacts the May and June submissions, then all three months should be resubmitted).
The provisional window and performance windows will remain (previously the primary and refresh windows). Data can then be resubmitted (refreshed) in each update window. The final window will be the last chance to amend data for the financial year. The ‘last good file’ submitted for each month will be used to generate final statistics at the end of the year.
The MSWM only allows resubmission of data for months in the current financial year. For example, once the provisional and performance submission windows have closed for May 2020 it will be possible to make a resubmission for this month’s data up until May 2021 (the end of the submission period for 2020 data).
However, this cut off will apply to all data associated with that financial year, thus the resubmission window will be shorter as the year progresses, for example, January 2021 data can only be resubmitted until May 2021 also, while March 2021 will have no resubmission period (just the standard Provisional and Performance windows, which ends in May 2021).