The Emergency Care Data Set (CDS type 011) is the national data set for urgent and emergency care. It replaces the Accident & Emergency Commissioning Data Set (CDS type 010). Using ECDS for emergency departments provides data that better supports healthcare planning and better informed decision making on improvements to services.
There is a phased implementation period for the ECDS with data submission deadlines varying by A&E department type. Further implementation regarding this can be found via the ECDS project website.
To minimise impacts on coverage of HES which uses CDS type 010 during the transition period NHS Digital have worked with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) to put in place a mapping process from CDS type 011 to type 010 to allow HES fields to continue to be populated for the providers who have switched to submitting ECDS.
The report is updated monthly, as per the Provisional Monthly Accident and Emergency for England calendar for the financial year 2018- 2019 and is classified as experimental data.