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Withdrawn standards and collections

The following Data Coordination Board (DCB) and Information Standards Board (ISB) standards and collections have been withdrawn and their use is no longer approved by the DCB. Items are withdrawn when they are no longer required for national use or when they have been superseded by a different standard or collection.

This list is updated on a monthly basis, following DCB approval of withdrawn items.

  • 'Date withdrawn' reflects the date of the DCB meeting that the item was approved as withdrawn
  • 'Reason withdrawn' provides an overview of the item and the reason why it was withdrawn, based on the information submitted to the DCB
  • 'Reduction in burden' shows what the annual burden cost on the system would have been for the live item. This figure represents the total annual costs for the item and was calculated as part of the burden assessment for the item when it was originally submitted to the DCB for approval. 

In addition, items which have been deprecated are included along with a note to say when their formal retirement will take place. Items which are deprecated may still be used, but they are no longer supported and will be withdrawn at a specified date.

If you have any queries about the items listed below please contact the Data Standards Assurance Service at standards.assurance@nhs.net.

Reference number Title ISCE Date withdrawn Reason withdrawn Reduction in burden
DCB0103-02 Quarterly Diagnostics Census Collection 20 March 2020

This was a quarterly collection of aggregate data, submitted by Acute Trusts, about patients waiting six weeks or more for diagnostic tests, supplementary to the Diagnostics Waiting Times and Activity Monthly Return (DCB0103-01). 

Following consultation with key stakeholders of the collection, NHS England and NHS Improvement identified that the data from this quartlery collection was not utilised.

As such, this collection has ceased with immediate effect.

Burden assessment for this collection included burden activity for the associated monthly return (DCB0103-01), which is still a live collection. As such, it is not possible to provide a reduction in burden figure for this quarterly collection. 
DCB3023-02 Quarterly Activity Return Collection 20 March 2020

This was a quarterly collection of aggregate data about inpatient and outpatient activity and referrals submitted by Acute Trusts, supplementary to the Monthly Activity Return (DCB3023-01).

NHS England and NHS Improvement identified that the data items in this quarterly collection are also available in  other data collections and the duplication of collection has caused undue burden on providers.

As such, this collection will cease following the submission and publication of data for Quarter 4 of 2019-20 financial year. No data will be submitted from Quarter 1 of the 2020-21 financial year onwards. 

£50,316.00
SCCI2090-2200 GPES: Avoiding Unplanned Admissions Extraction 31 March 2017 (formal notice of retirement received by DCB on 21 November 2019)

This extraction was designed to help reduce avoidable unplanned hospital admissions, by improving services for vulnerable patients and those with complex physical or mental health needs who are at high risk of admission or re-admission.

The collection has been discontinued as the Avoiding Unplanned Admissions Directed Enhanced Service (DES) was removed from the General Medical Service (GMS) contract on 31 March 2017. 

£598,593
SCCI2166 GP Access Fund Collection 21 November 2019

The GP Access Fund data collection was created to explore methods and routes to improve access to general practice and stimulate innovative ways of providing primary care services. As a part of the Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund (GPAF) the programme was central to generating actionable learning for the wider NHS, allowing identification of issues and opportunities commissioners and provider innovation. 

As this collection was a time limited initiative, and is no longer included in the General Medical Service (GMS) contract, it has been retired. 

£1,875,670
SCCI2144 Primary care extended access Collection 21 November 2019

This collection was created to monitor the availability of pre-bookable appointments in general practice, seven days a week.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are evaluating their data collections with a view to ceasing those collections of lower value to reduce unnecessary burden on the NHS. As part of this evaluation, the ‘Primary care extended access’ data collection was selected for retirement as data on the number of appointments attended out of core hours can now be obtained via the separate data collection ‘DCB3018 GP Appointments data’. 
 

£388,565
SCCI2192 Prevent - Anti Radicalisation Training Questionnaire Collection 24 October 2019

 This was a one-off collection, commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Home Office, and collected by NHS England. The collection was designed to evaluate the Prevent Anti-Radicalisation Training that was delivered to clinical frontline staff in England. 

£466,000
SCCI2127 Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Referral to Treatment (RTT) Collection 30 September 2019

This was a monthly collection, commissioned by NHS England and collected by NHS Digital from Mental Health Trusts. The collection was established in 2015, to support the implementation of the Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Access and Waiting Time standard, as outlined in the 'Forward View into action: NHS England’s Planning Requirements for Commissioners', and it monitored both the waiting times of people commencing treatment and those waiting for treatment. 

This collection was designed as an interim collection to run for limited period, until analysis of EIP RTT data could be undertaken using data from the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS). In 2019, analysis of EIP RTT data from the MHSDS was achieved, enabling the retirement of this collection.

 £582,034
ISB 1500 - ISB 1508 Common User Interface (CUI) standards Standard 4 July 2019

The nine Common User Interface standards were approved by the Information Standards Board (ISB) in 2010 to allow for a common interface for healthcare IT systems.

The standards are now out of date, and should not be relied on for interface design; and the Data Coordination Board approved the deprecation of these standards in June 2019, with formal retirement of the standards scheduled for June 2020.

More information about the deprecation of CUI can be found on our CUI web page

These standards did not undergo a burden assessment.
DCB2138 NHS Flu Vaccination Service – Patient Questionnaire Collection 23 May 2019

This was a mandatory annual collection held over four consecutive years, commissioned by NHS England for all NHS Pharmacies in England. Pharmacies asked their patients to complete a copy of the national questionnaire following administration of the flu vaccine. 

NHS England and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) have agreed that, since 99% of respondents would recommend the service and were either satisfied or highly satisfied with the service, the questionnaire has served its original purpose and will not be included in future service specifications. PSNC will make a tool available to community pharmacies to record feedback if any patient still expresses a desire to do so.

£52,714
SCCI2199 Patient Objections Management (non GPES sites) Collection 23 May 2019

This was a mandatory monthly collection of patient objections information from General Practices via Secure Electronic File Transfer (SEFT). The information was used to monitor the number of patient objections and enable NHS Digital to ensure that the wishes of patients who had recorded a type 2 objection, or the withdrawal of a type 2 objection, were respected.

This manual collection is no longer required as it has been superseded by DCB3058 Compliance with National Data Opt-outs; the last manual collection of data took place in October 2018.

£79,362
SCCI2090-2144 GPES: Patient Objections Management Extraction 23 May 2019

This was a mandatory monthly extraction of patient objections information from General Practices via General Practice Extraction Service (GPES). The information was used to monitor number of patient objections and enable NHS Digital to ensure that the wishes of patients who had recorded a type 2 objection, or the withdrawal of a type 2 objection, were respected.

This GPES extraction is no longer required as it has been superseded by DCB3058 Compliance with National Data Opt-outs; the last extraction of data took place in October 2018.

£241,332
SCCI2223 Annual uses of the Mental Health Act 1983 in English acute trusts     Collection 24 April 2019

This mandatory collection was established in 2016 to provide a full national understanding of uses of the Mental Health Act 1983 in English acute trusts, following the retirement of ISB 0154 KP90: Uses of the Mental Health Act in October 2015.

SCCI2223 ensured that acute trusts could submit Mental Health Act data whilst DCB0092-2062 Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS) was designed and implemented. As the ECDS is now implemented and collecting Mental Health Act 1983 data this separate collection, last run between May and June 2018, is no longer required.

£38,813
ISB 1553 and ISB 1552 Read Clinical Terms Version 2 and Version 3 Standard 17 December 2014

Read Codes are a coded thesaurus of clinical terms. Read Codes have two versions: Version 2 (v2) and version 3 (CTV3 or v3), which are the basic means by which clinicians record patient findings and procedures in health and social care IT systems across primary and secondary care.

Read v2 was deprecated as an information standard by the Information Standards Board (ISB) in December 2010 but no formal Notice was issued pending the determination of a withdrawal schedule; following approval by the Standardisation Committee for Care Information (SCCI), a Notice confirming the schedule was published in December 2014. Read v2 ceased to be maintained following the final release in April 2016 and is due to be formally retired in April 2020.

Read v3 (CTV3) was deprecated as an information standard by SCCI and a Notice confirming the deprecation was published in December 2014. Read v3 (CTV3) ceased to be maintained following the final release in April 2018 and is due to be formally retired in April 2020.

These standards did not undergo a burden assessment.

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    Standards and collections

    An alphabetical list of all current Data Coordination Board (DCB) and Information Standards Board (ISB) standards and collections.

Last edited: 6 April 2020 2:36 pm