Slide 1 – Community Services Data Set Webinar (title page)
Hello, welcome to this webinar on the Community Services Data Set.
My name is Helen Nunn and I'm a Principal Information Analyst at NHS Digital.
I will be talking you through information on our available DARS product, please view this webinar before making your DARS application.
Slide 2 - Community Services Data Set (CSDS) - overview
What is the Community Services Data Set?
The Community Services Data Set, or CSDS, is a patient level data set providing information relating to publicly funded Community Services for all ages.
These Services can include health centres, schools, district nursing, health visiting and many more.
These services are legally mandated to collect and submit community health data, as set out by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Data is used to commission services to improve health, reduce inequalities and support service improvement in clinical quality.
The CSDS is an update to the previous Children and Young People's Health Services, or CYPHS dataset, which collected data on NHS funded services for children only.
The data now relates to all ages, and all services, which are publicly funded.
Slide 3 – Data Quality
Before requesting data, we recommend viewing the data quality sections of our monthly publications.
This will give an indication on the coverage, or validity of tables and fields you may want to access.
Work is ongoing to increase submissions and improve quality and recent data will likely be more complete than that published a year ago.
Slide 4 - Community Services Data Set (CSDS) – product available through DARS
The CSDS may be useful to you if you have a general interest in community services or a specific service area.
We anticipate this will primarily be useful for reporting requirements.
The CSDS contains a range of data which is submitted to NHS Digital in a complex and relational data model.
The DARS product is a simplified flattened version of the original submission structure, making it easier to manage.
The simplified structure flattens the 33 relational tables into eight optional data groups to reduce the level of linkage and transformation required locally.
Slide 5 – CSDS – product available through DARS (continued)
The main group, ‘Demographics and Referrals’, contains all tables that can be appropriately flattened into a single record, based on one record per referral, per person, per provider.
The additional seven groups for which data cannot be flattened, are ‘Care Activities’, ‘Group Sessions’, ‘Onward Referrals’, ‘Referral to Treatment pathways’, ‘Diagnoses’, ‘Immunisations’ and ‘Coded Scored Assessments’.
Slide 6 - CSDS – product available through DARS (continued)
Groups and fields are selected when applying for the product.
When multiple groups are required to be linked together, then do ensure you have requested sufficient linkage fields.
For example the ‘Unique CSDS ID’ for the patient, and ‘Unique Service Request Identifier’, are present in all seven patient level groups, and link each group back to the ‘Demographics and Referral’ group.
‘Unique Care Activity Identifier’ can be used in conjunction with the above two fields to link ‘Care Activities’ and ‘Coded Scored Assessments’.
The ‘Group Sessions’ cannot be linked to the rest of the data set at patient level.
The data is record level and pseudonymised, though identifiable data can be requested.
Extracts are final and not subject to further refresh.
Slide 7 – CSDS – product available through DARS (continued)
It is possible to link CSDS data to other NHS Digital datasets.
Community Services data is available from September 2015 onwards.
Data up to, and including September 2017, is from the Children and Young People's Health Services Data Set, which is NHS funded, for children only.
October 2017 onwards, is from the Community Services Data Set, so includes publicly funded community services for all ages.
Fields are available as monthly or quarterly cumulative extracts.
Also Yearly extracts, for the financial year April to March, are available.
CSDS data is used to produce a monthly statistical publication, so data will not be available to request until after it has been published.
We publish on an approximate four-month lag so, for example, April data would be available from mid-August.
Slide 8 – Community Services Data Set (CSDS) – product available through DARS (continued)
When presenting or disseminating our data, we ask that you follow the suppression rules we use on our own publications. This prevents disclosure of identities or information about service users.
All figures for all organizations which submitted, must be rounded to the nearest 5.
Any figures between 0 & 4, and all percentages calculated from values between 0 & 4, must be suppressed with an asterisk.
Percentages must be displayed to the nearest whole percent.
National totals do not need to be suppressed.
Slide 9 – Further reading and useful links
This slide contains useful links to further information on DARS and the CSDS.
Please feel free to have a read at your leisure.
Slide 10 – contact us
If you have any further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for listening.