Accuracy and reliability
Data quality is generally considered to be very good for all GPES extracts. Between 90 and 100 per cent of practices in England participate each month.
Data collected is 100 per cent complete, as it is an automated extract GPES extracts data for all patients who have specified codes on their record.
Timeliness and punctuality
Data from the previous month is extracted from GPES on the 1st of the next month. This extraction period usually lasts around 7 days. We then aim to publish within the next 7 days. For example, June 2019 data is extracted between 1 July and 7 July 2019. Analysis begins on the 8 July 2019 and we aim to publish on 11 July 2019.
Over the past year publication dates have been delayed on 2 occasions, on both occasions these delays were roughly 4 weeks. Both were caused by delayed GPES extraction windows.
Accessibility and clarity
The data are available from our website. The publication includes 1 excel summary, 7 csv files, and an interactive power BI report.
Coherence and comparability
All data included are similar and easily linked on GP Practice Code.
The most recent mapping data is produced each month in order to ensure that data can be compared over a time series. In this release, where a practice closes within the reporting year, it is not assigned geographical mappings following its closure. A small amount of data will therefore be unmapped in the time series files
Data can be compared with data in the annual Quality Outcomes Framework Publication (QOF).
Assessment of user needs and perceptions
Comments and questions can be made through various media including NHS Digital general enquiries by emailing email@example.com or by telephone 0300 303 5678
NHS Digital consult with NHS England and DHSC on a regular basis and make adjustments to the publication based on their feedback.
Performance, Cost and Respondent Burden
This data is paid for by NHS England on an annual basis. All costs are covered by them and a new work package is agreed each year.
Confidentiality, Transparency and Security
This publication is subject to a standard NHS Digital risk assessment prior to issue. Disclosure control is implemented where judged necessary.
Detailed methodology specification documents and other supporting material are available on our website.
The UK Statistics authority code of practice for statistics is followed regarding security and release of information prior to publication: