What data will be collected
The Technical Output Specification sets out what data needs to be collected.
Main changes to v1.0.05
Operation date time is now a single data item. In the event where time is not captured organisations can default time to 00:00:00.
OPCS codes used to submit in-scope procedures has been removed from the core data set and moved to the clinical section. OPCS is not a point of care tool and is not designed to be used in theatre. The data item has moved to the clinical section as an interim measure until health care organisations are able to implement SNOMED CT.
How the data will be submitted
We have developed data submission options in partnership with organisations across the UK. These include data uploads via the Message Exchange for Social Care and Health (MESH) and data input through a web form. Additional guidance for MESH setup and submission is available.
An example CSV template has been made available to demonstrate how the new repeating groups along with the existing core, clinical and pelvic floor data items will need to be constructed for submission. Please make sure each column is as specified in the CSV.
When the data will be collected
Data submission options have been made available in partnership with organisations across the UK. These include data uploads via the
The surgical devices and implants data collection includes historical data from 2017. This is a year before the recommended pause (2018) in mesh procedures, with some organisations able to send data from earlier periods. The historical data is intended to set a benchmark recognising that the numbers could reach pre-pause levels for any procedures reintroduced.
How the system has been developed
The system has been developed with stakeholders from across: NHSx, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), NHS England and Improvement, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), patients, and clinicians.
There were a series of test data submissions from NHS and independent health care organisations across England who took part in a pilot.
We are also working with the UK's devolved administrations to gather additional insights for development.