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Commissioning Data Sets are patient level data sets intended to deliver robust, comprehensive, nationally consistent and comparable person-based information on hospital activity to support a variety of secondary use purposes.
About this information standard
The Commissioning Data Sets (CDS) provide information about NHS provided and NHS funded secondary care activity. As a secondary uses data set, CDS re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care. It specifies the data items, definitions and associated value sets to be extracted or derived from local information systems.
CDS data is used for a variety of purposes to support the NHS in the delivery of healthcare services, including national reporting through Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and the allocation of payments through the National Tariff Payment System.
This information standard is published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. An Information Standards Notice (see below) provides an overview of scope and implementation timescales, and the other listed documents provide further detail for those who have to implement the information standard.
June 2021: Note: While implementation activity for CDS v6.3 may start immediately, the Enhanced Technical Output Specification will be published in July 2021, and the XML schema will be published in September 2021, as set out in section 3.5.4 of the Implementation Guidance. This may have an impact on implementation, and the consequential risk has been accepted by the development team.