The Community Services Data Set (CSDS) is a patient level, output based, secondary uses data set which will deliver robust, comprehensive, nationally consistent and comparable person centred information for people who are in contact with publicly funded Community Services.
The standard defines the data items, definitions and associated value sets to be extracted or derived from local systems, and submitted to NHS Digital on a monthly basis. Note that this data set does not specify the data to be captured for direct patient care, but will make use of such clinical and operational data for secondary uses.
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.