COVID-19 and the production of statistics
Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) disruption, the quality and coverage of some of our statistics has been affected, for example by an increase in nonsubmissions for some datasets. We are also seeing some different patterns in the submitted data. For example, fewer patients are being referred to hospital and more appointments being carried out via phone/telemedicine/email. Therefore, data should be interpreted with care over the COVID-19 period.
Updates to measures
For details of new measures recently introduced, or changes to existing measures, see the 'Notes on measures' page. There were no new measures released as part of this publication. Full details of any changes are also available in the associated Metadata file.
72 hour follow ups
An error has been found in the metrics relating to 72 hour follow ups. As part of the change to MHSDS version 5, the Discharge Destination code 38 (prison or police station) was split into two codes, code 40 and 42 (Penal establishment and Police Station / Police Custody Suite). These code changes were not implemented in the initial update of MHSDS metrics. The list of metrics that have been impacted is as follows:
MHS78 - Discharges eligible for 72 hour follow up in RP
MHS79 - Number of 72 hour follow ups in RP
MHS80 - Percentage of 72 hour follow ups in RP
This error caused MHS78 and MHS79 to be over reported by around 0.1%. Given the small difference, publications will not be amended retrospectively for this. MHSDS data is subject to the Multiple Submission Window Model which means that a final annual position will be published with this amendment and any changes to data from provider resubmissions enacted.
It is also planned that the methodology for 72 hour follow up metrics will be reviewed in the new financial year with a view to changing the way that discharges with no recorded discharge destination are handled.