It replaces the previous Accident and Emergency Commissioning Data Set which was not reflecting changes in health care practice or collecting enough data to understand how and why people attend Accident and Emergency departments.
The new, more detailed Emergency Care Data Set will:
- improve patient care through better and more consistent information
- enable better planning of healthcare services, particularly over the winter
- improve communication between health professionals
- improve coverage across all accident and emergency departments
The better the data we capture, the more we can understand and commission services that improve care for patients and reduce pressure for staff. Hospital trusts are being actively encouraged to improve the quality of data submissions.