Test scenarios for software suppliers

Guidance for software suppliers submitting core dataset n alcohol treatment data files to the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS)


Supplier test scenarios: Core dataset N

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This document contains test scenarios for software suppliers that want to submit drug and alcohol core dataset N treatment data to the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS).

This document covers details of:

  • testing process
  • agency codes
  • test scenarios for adults and young people in secure settings and community

The scenarios in this document should be implemented along with the:

  • CSV file format specification document which defines the format of the CSV file used to input the core dataset into NDTMS.

  • technical definition document which provides the full list of fields that are required in the CSV file and the verification rules for each item.

  • geographic information document which provides geographical information and the relevant codes related to drugs and alcohol action teams (DAT) and local authorities, to use in NDTMS submissions.

  • business definitions document which provides explicit definition of each of the fields NDTMS collects to ensure data is consistent. There’s a separate definitions document for each of the datasets: adult drug, adult alcohol, young people and secure settings.

Published 21 November 2017