Our community services team is responsible for producing official and national statistics about community services.
The Community Services Data Set (CSDS) is a patient level, output based, secondary uses data set. It is designed to deliver patient level data about every episode of care delivered by publicly-funded community services.
The data may also be published by Public Health England and other bodies, providing the appropriate information governance approvals are in place. Requests from any external bodies, for patient level data, are processed through the Data Access Request Service (DARS).
Reliable local and national comparative data is vital to improving community services. It is used to underpin policy, inform commissioning decisions and manage services. It can also be used to predict demand on services and can be linked to other data sets to provide further insights.