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Standards assurance activity

A summary of standards assurance activity being presented to upcoming meetings of the Data Alliance Partnership Board (DAPB).

Assurance of national information standards and data collections (including extractions) for health and adult social care in England, known collectively as ISCE, is undertaken by a dedicated team within NHS Digital (the Data Standards Assurance Service - DSAS).

Scrutiny of the DSAS assurance is carried out by the Data Alliance Partnership Board (DAPB). The Board meets on a monthly basis to review and approve assurance of ISCE (both new and changes) at:

  • Initial stage: an initial stage assessment report provides an overview of a proposal for a new, or change to an existing ISCE, and requests DAPB approval to proceed with assurance of the ISCE
  • Final stage: a final stage assessment report summarises the assurance and appraisal activity that has been carried out against the ISCE and requests DAPB final approval.

Upcoming DAPB meetings

The information below shows upcoming Data Alliance Partnership Board meeting dates and the ISCE in the ‘Final’ stage of assurance that are due to submitted to the Board at each date.

Note that this information represents live assurance activity and although these items are currently scheduled for future Boards, target meeting dates may change during assurance. 

DAPB, 25 May 2023

Reference Title ISCE  ISCE type Summary
DAPB4008 Community Pharmacy Information Flow Standard Standard Change Proposal for a record keeping information standard, to specify a set of data to be captured within community pharmacies for sharing with GP practices.
DAPB4094 Faster Data Flows (FDF) - Acute Collection Standard and a Collection New Proposal for programme to streamline data collection methods to improve the flow of consistent timely data. This will support local, system and national decision making across the whole patient pathway.
DAPB2090-2183 GPES: indicators no longer in Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) Extraction Change Proposal to amend the extract for 2023-24.
DAPB4072 Looked after children placed outside of the Integrated Care System (ICS) Collection New Proposal to collect data on the number of Looked After Children who are placed in a location outside of their local authority area and whether they receive statutory review and health assessments in the new local authority within national statutory timescales.
DAPB3142 NHS Acute Weekly Activity Return & Independent Sector Weekly Activity Return (NHS WAR) Collection Change Proposal to remove elements from the collection which will reduce the burden of data capture for providers.
DAPB4030 Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services National Data Collection Collection Change Proposal for addition of new data items to further support the deliverables of the NEPTS Review
DAPB3040 Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Collection Change Proposal to disaggregate the data for bank and medical staff. 

DAPB, 22 June 2023

Reference Title ISCE  ISCE type Summary
DAPB1065 Accessible Information Standard Standard Change Proposal for an update to an existing standard, taking into account lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DAPB3107 Ambulance Data Set Standard and a Collection New Introduction of a new information standard to mandate the collection of both ambulance operational and clinical data to nationally consistent definitions.
DAPB4075 Frontline Healthcare Worker COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Data Update Collection Collection Change Proposal to officially recognise this data collection and mandate the requirement for Providers to continue to supply data.
DAP2125 Hospital and Community Health Services Written Complaints Collection (KO41a) Collection Change Proposal to extend assurance for an existing collection. 
DAPB0011 Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) Standard and a Collection Change Proposal for changes to existing standard to enable reporting against various mental health policy initiatives and in line with the regular uplift strategy for MHSDS.
DAPB4033 Provider Elective Recovery Outpatient Collection (Provider EROC) Collection Change

Data collection designed to obtain information on activity that providers are undertaking to support the recovery of elective care services from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

​The DAPB approval for this collection was covered by the COPI regulations, which expired on 30 June 2022. This proposal is necessary to maintain the System Elective Outpatient Collection (EROC) post COPI.

DAPB4039 System Elective Recovery Outpatient Collection (System EROC) Collection Change

Data collection designed to obtain information on activity that systems are undertaking to support the recovery of elective care services from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

​The DAPB approval for this collection was covered by the COPI regulations, which expired on 30 June 2022. This proposal is necessary to maintain the System Elective Outpatient Collection (EROC) post COPI.

DAPB0155 Stop Smoking Services Quarterly Return Collection Change Change to introduce ​the new smoking cessation medicine, cytisine, to the data set

DAPB, 27 July 2023

Reference Title ISCE  ISCE type Summary
DAPB0086 Data Security and Protection Toolkit Standard and a Collection Change Annual review of existing standard. The proposed changes will see improved clarity of language and a reduction in the number of mandatory requirements.
DAPB4012 GP Data for Direct Care Collection New Proposal for single direct care GP data extract to improve the ways in which GP data are being collected, processed and disseminated.
DAPB4010 Medicines Supply Information Standard Standard New Proposal for an information standard to improve the communication and sharing of medicines supply information across healthcare professionals.
DAPB4019 Reasonable Adjustment Flag Standard New Proposal for the Reasonable Adjustment Flag to be mandated as a national information standard. The Flag, held on the Spine, enables health and care professionals to record, share and view details of reasonable adjustments across the NHS, wherever the person is treated.
DAPB4086 Would Care Information Standard Standard New Proposal for a new standard to address unwarranted variation in national wound care services.
         

Publication activity

Following DAPB approval of an item at 'Final' stage, publication documents for the ISCE will be issued.

You can view recent publication activity on our publication pages or if you would like to be kept informed of our publication activity you can join our mailing list

 


Contact us

This page is updated on a monthly basis following each DAPB meeting. If you have any queries and would like to speak to one of our assurance advisors about any of the information on this page please contact us at [email protected]

Last edited: 18 May 2023 10:36 am