MHSDS has historically operated on a monthly submission cycle, where data providers have two opportunities to submit data: the primary and the refresh submissions. From April 2020, NHS Digital will be implementing a multiple submission model for MHSDS, which will permit resubmission of data for each full financial year.
This will go live in two different phases:
- MHSDS v4.0 2019/20 data refresh: On 1st April 2020 the MHSDS portal will open to allow new and existing data providers to submit/resubmit data for periods from April 2019 – March 2020. The portal will close for 2019/20 data on 21st May 2020. This is an opportunity for i) providers to refresh data they know is incorrect or missing following the issues experienced during the move to SDCS cloud at the start of the 2019/20 and ii) allow new providers to submit retrospectively for the whole year.
- For v4.1 of MHSDS: data providers will be able to submit data from 4th June 2020 to ensure a smooth transition between v4.0 and v4.1. Providers will be able to submit MHSDS data to SDCS Cloud continuously throughout the year and a cut of any data submitted by 11:59pm on the 14th working day of each month will be processed (the only exception being June 2020, as the window did not open on the 1st June 2020 the cut is taken on the 23rd June 2020, 14 working days from the 4th June 2020). A final cut of 2020/2021 data will be taken at 11:59pm on 21 May 2021. These monthly submission dates are available on the submit data to the MHSDS page. This will enable new and existing providers to resubmit/correct data throughout the whole 2020/21 financial year.
Providers will now be able to submit and resubmit data for each month from April 2020 to 21 May 2020. There will be 12 months during which April and May data (start of financial year) may be submitted, but only two months for which March data (end of financial year) may be submitted.
The provisional submission window replaces the current primary window and the performance window replaces the current refresh window. Data can then be resubmitted 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.