This is a monthly report on publicly funded community services for children, young people and adults using data from the Community Services Data Set (CSDS) reported in England for December 2017.
The CSDS is a patient-level dataset providing information relating to publicly funded community services for children, young people and adults. These services can include district nursing services, school nursing services, health visiting services and occupational therapy services, among others. The data collected includes personal and demographic information, diagnoses including long-term conditions and disabilities and care events plus screening activities.
It has been developed to help achieve better outcomes for children, young people and adults. It provides data that will be used to commission services in a way that improves health, reduces inequalities, and supports service improvement and clinical quality.
Prior to October 2017, the predecessor Children and Young People’s Health Services (CYPHS) Data Set collected data for children and young people aged 0-18. The CSDS superseded the CYPHS data set to allow adult community data to be submitted, expanding the scope of the existing data set by removing the 0-18 age restriction. The structure and content of the CSDS remains the same as the previous CYPHS data set. Further information about the CYPHS and related statistical reports is available from http://content.digital.nhs.uk/maternityandchildren/CYPHS
References to children and young people covers records submitted for 0-18 year olds and references to adults covers records submitted for those aged over 18. Where analysis for both groups have been combined, this is referred to as all patients.
These statistics are classified as experimental and should be used with caution. Experimental statistics are new official statistics undergoing evaluation. They are published in order to involve users and stakeholders in their development and as a means to build in quality at an early stage. More information about experimental statistics can be found on the UK Statistics Authority website.