Commissioning Data Sets Overview

The purpose of the Commissioning Data Sets is to enable conformant health ACTIVITY information to be generated, independent of the ORGANISATION or system that maintains it. This enables health CARE PROFESSIONALS to measure and compare the delivery and quality of care provided and to support them in sharing information with other health professionals and ORGANISATIONS.

Commissioning Data Sets currently support the following ACTIVITIES:

Information on care provided for all PATIENTS by Health Care Providers (both NHS and Independent Sector Healthcare Providers for NHS PATIENTS only) must be submitted to the Secondary Uses Service according to the Commissioning Data Set Mandated Data Flows guidelines.

Commissioning ORGANISATIONS need access to data to monitor Non-Contract Activity as part of the management of their NHS SERVICE AGREEMENTS, and to monitor in-year REFERRAL REQUESTS to investigate the sources and reasons for Non-Contract Activity.

The Department of Health and Social Care requires accurate data for all PATIENTS admitted, treated as out-patients or treated as an Emergency Care Attendance by Health Care Providers, including PATIENTS receiving private treatment. The Commissioning Data Sets also includes NHS PATIENTS treated electively in the independent sector and overseas.

Referral To Treatment Clock Stop Administrative Events may also flow using the CDS V6-2 Type 020 - Outpatient Commissioning Data Set or CDS V6-3 Type 020 - Outpatient Commissioning Data Set. This allows the Secondary Uses Service to build accurate PATIENT PATHWAYS for the reporting of waiting time measurement.

CDS Types

The Commissioning Data Sets are the basic structure used for the submission of commissioning data to the Secondary Uses Service and is designed to be capable of individually conveying many different Commissioning Data Set structures encompassing Emergency Care Attendances, Care Professional Out-Patient Attendances, and Care Professional Admitted Care Episodes for both CDS version 6-2 and CDS version 6-3.    CDS version 6-2 also supports the submission of Future Out-Patient Attendances and Elective Admission List data.

Further Information

Further guidance material for submission of data to the Secondary Uses Service can be found at: Secondary Uses Service (SUS Guidance).