Hospital Episode Statistics

Root Definition

Provides the national data for a variety of purposes (commissioning, reporting, payments, etc), by collecting information from hospitals on care delivered.

Customers

NHS Providers and Commissioners
NHS IT systems providers

Actors

NHS agencies (NICE, Monitor, NHS England)
NHS Providers and Commissioners
Professional bodies
IT Systems providers
SCCI

Transformations

Transforms data about hospital care activity into information

Weltenshauung

National data is an essential part of the operation of the health and social care system.

Owner

HSCIC

Environment

There is a great thirst for information about the running of care services.
Collecting accurate information is complicated and costly.

Subsystems

NHS Data Dictionary
ICD10
OPCS

Contribution to the problem

The national datasets use a variety of coding systems. Though there is a policy to migrate the coding to SNOMED CT, the actual datasets are in a mixture of codes.

As none of the national coding systems properly represent MBPs, the datasets could not at present represent that information comprehensively.