ACTION REQUIRED: SUS+ submissions
Due to upcoming changes in the format of organisation codes assigned by the Organisation Data Service (ODS) it is important that all care providers populate the field “Organisation Code (Code of Provider)” with a valid ODS code in all interchange submissions to SUS+. From 1 September 2020 SUS+ will be amended to reject interchanges that do not contain a valid ODS provider organisation code in the field “Organisation Code (Code of Provider)”.
Historically the organisation codes assigned by ODS have followed ‘frame’ format conventions. These conventions enabled SUS to perform a certain amount of pre-processing to trim the last two digits from a site code to derive the Provider Organisation code. From 1 September 2020 ODS will no longer follow the frame format conventions and will instead assign all new organisation codes in the format ANANA (where A- Alpha and N-Numeric). From this point SUS will be unable to reliably pre-process incorrect codes and can only accept valid organisation codes that have been issued by the ODS.
From 1 July 2020 the Interchange Feedback emails, and Interchange Challenge report will be amended to warn of interchanges that would be rejected after 1 September 2020 due to invalid data in the “Organisation Code (Code of Provider)” Field.
In addition, the Interchange Feedback emails will indicate instances where a provider site code is inserted in the “Organisation Code (Code of Provider)” field. Provider site codes will be considered valid as it is a 5-character code however, records with a site code in the “Organisation Code (Code of Provider)” may not appear on provider extracts.
- if organisations submit a provider code of RR800, this will be rejected from September 2020
- if organisations submit a provider code of RR801, this will be accepted from September 2020, but will not match a smartcard role of RR8
SUS+ would expect a valid provider code of RR8 to be submitted for RR8 activity.
To see if your organisation is affected by these changes, please see the Monthly Trust Statement reports on the SUS+ Operational Support web page. The last column on the right shows the pre-trimmed provider codes.
Also please note that only the contents of the “Organisation Code (Code of Provider)” field should be amended. Other fields, including “CDS Sender Identity” and “CDS Interchange Sender Identity” are not impacted by this change.
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Please be aware of this important update regarding Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS) submissions.
NHS England has notified NHS Digital of an intention to uplift the ECDS information standard during 2020, and work has started in preparation for the first early adopter sites to begin data submission from 1 January 2021.
Enabling implementation of new ECDS fields will require an updated ECDS XML schema, namely CDS 6.2.3. Enabling CDS 6.2.3 will mean that the oldest schema in use, CDS 6.2.1, needs to be turned off.
Please note that conformance with the latest ECDS information standard, using CDS 6.2.2 was 1 April 2019. However, a number of NHS Trusts are still using CDS 6.2.1.
All Trusts still using CDS 6.2.1 should check their plans to migrate to CDS 6.2.2 as conformance is now more than twelve months overdue. Continued use of CDS 6.2.1 may delay the introduction of CDS 6.2.3.
Please see the table on the ECDS latest update page for information about ECDS XML schema versions.
For Solution Assurance queries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFor other ECDS queries, please contact: email@example.com