NHS Digital Data Release Register - reformatted

I5 Health

Project 1 — DARS-NIC-14709-Z2H2R

Opt outs honoured: N

Sensitive: Non Sensitive

When: 2016/04 (or before) — 2017/11.

Repeats: One-Off, Ongoing

Legal basis: Health and Social Care Act 2012

Categories: Anonymised - ICO code compliant

Datasets:

  • Hospital Episode Statistics Accident and Emergency
  • Hospital Episode Statistics Admitted Patient Care
  • Hospital Episode Statistics Outpatients
  • Standard Monthly Extract : SUS PbR OP
  • Standard Monthly Extract : SUS PbR A&E
  • Standard Monthly Extract : SUS PbR APC Episodes
  • Standard Monthly Extract : SUS PbR APC Spells
  • Bespoke Monthly Extract : SUS PbR A&E
  • Bespoke Monthly Extract : SUS PbR APC Episodes
  • Bespoke Monthly Extract : SUS PbR APC Spells
  • Bespoke Monthly Extract : SUS PbR OP

Benefits:

The NMP has been in existence for 26 years. Over time there are good reasons to believe that the returns from it, across the board, have been very positive: from cost effectiveness, through staff development to patient satisfaction. Not least of all, the clinicians Audit, in growing use since 2009, has elicited important data supportive of that contention. However, greater evidence of the performance and effect of NMP is necessary. i5 Health is therefore being asked to review existing HES and studies to draw out relevant information, propose new methodology, refine existing audits and promote new ones to provide a comprehensive analysis of NMP to assist in decisions on whether and to what extent NMP should be adopted more widely in England. VSOs cooperate with i5 Health to improve the extent and quality of the information that i5 Health relies on to support, with data processing, clinical commissioning within the NHS. The VSOs have occasion to ask for i5 Health reports, based on data analysis that can improve their own specific charitable works for NHS patients. The benefits to the UK Health and Social Care system are better strategic planning and commissioning decisions, and subsequently improved care for patients due to better planning and strategy. The financial benefit for the healthcare system varies from case to case. By way of example, analysis by i5 Health for the Sussex health economy two years ago resulted in a 10% reduction in Non-Elective admissions (NEL) thus saving hundreds of thousands of pounds annually. Benefits achieved in the last 10 months; Purpose #1) Non-Medical Prescribing • With increasing pressure on the availability of doctors in both primary and secondary care, there is a growing case for greater use of NMP ie prescribing by a non-doctor (e.g. nurse, pharmacist, etc..). That case is reinforced by the cost/benefit identified and the better levels of care demonstrated. Purpose #2.1) End of Life • The HES based studies so far are showing a disturbing picture particularly, though not exclusively, in respect of the frail and elderly in their last year of life. The concerns are around the high levels of admissions to hospitals and the distress to patients this causes. Further work needs to be done for some CCGs on identifying, with business cases, the alternative strategies that can answer the above concerns. Purpose #2.1) Case Finding • Identification of patients that have (or risk having) an LTC but do not appear on the GPs risk register can lead to better management of their health requirements. Purpose #2.3) Urgent Care • COP is all about matching patient groups against successful healthcare initiatives and forecasting the effect of local implementation on patient care and budgets. Purpose #2.3) Readmissions • Issues relating to specific surgeons were highlighted. i5 Health went beyond problem identification and evaluation and made detailed and well considered recommendations – not just for the CCG but also its providers and colleagues across primary and community care. Purpose #2.3) Outpatients • The i5 Health solutions included alternatives for 6,000 procedures currently costing over £1.5m. The solutions are being implemented and will result in significant cost savings. Purpose #2.3) ACS - Respiratory and ENT • One of the many positive outcomes of the exercise has been the identification of over 200 patients clinically diagnosed with COPD in secondary care that are not on the GPs risk register and which are likely to be unmanaged.

Outputs:

The outputs will be aggregated analysis with small numbers suppressed for inclusion within economic evaluation and CCG strategy. All outputs are solely provided to the NHS customers and no service/product/data will be supplied to any commercial organisation by i5 Health except in so far as is permitted for VSOs for the purpose outlined in the ‘commercial’ purpose section below. The data provided will be used solely for the purposes identified above. The outputs i5 Health Limited have provided over the last 10 months are (according to each purpose); Purpose #1) Non-Medical Prescribing • Creation of first national report for Health Education England on the economic value of Non-Medical Prescribing called on three categories of HSCIC information (latest HES data in respect of long term health conditions (LTC); Nurses currently in the workforce, and Nurses using FP10 Prescription forms). Purpose #2.1) End of Life • As part of NHS England’s EPaCCS programme, i5 Health Limited carried out an evaluation of data in respect of End of Life and its related costs. This is a continuing project – the outcomes being dependent on changes in trends of data. The studies have been carried out at the specific requests of the various CCGs within England and Wales. Purpose #2.1) Case Finding • In many parts of the country, a number of LTC patients are sub-optimally treated because they fail to get on to the relevant registers at GP practices; additionally, there are many patients that have conditions which, if identified early enough, could receive treatment that reduces the risk of them progressing to a full LTC. i5 Health has developed algorithms that identify, at surgery level, the numbers of patients that fall into both these categories. NHS England requires i5 Health to carry out a study in respect of the GP practices in Southport and Formby. Purpose #2.3) Urgent Care • Halton CCG needed to map out the Urgent Care pressure across all the supporting Hospitals. Linked with this exercise, they commissioned i5 Health, using the Commissioning Opportunity module (COP), to investigate the patient urgent care journey. (i5 Health Limited are now discussing applying the same skills for the benefit of other NW CCGs including South Sefton CCG and Southport and Formby CCG). Purpose #2.3) Readmissions • Halton CCG asked for the assistance of i5 Health in analysing significant Readmissions issues. The analysis, based on the COP algorithms, got right to the heart of the problem and identified a significant number of patients that, under normal circumstances, should not have undergone readmission. Purpose #2.3) Outpatient Procedures • On behalf of Halton CCG, More recently, i5 Health performed analysis of into what has been happening in respect of Outpatient episodes and then developed some solutions to excessive use in Cardiology, Mouth/Head/Neck & Ears, Orthopaedic Non-Trauma and Urology. Purpose #2.3) ACS – Respiratory and Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) • i5 Health established what might, currently, be the best opportunity for Halton CCG to reduce acute care activity and cost - dealing with Respiratory and ENT conditions. Besides analysing historic and current situation, i5 Health examined six case studies to establish, using a Population Health Management approach, what might be optimum strategies for to pursue. (The product of this work is now being leveraged into the Case Finding activity).

Processing:

The data will be loaded into a database that will be managed locally and secured by the DBA with user access control. i5 Health will be using SQL Server 2008 on a bit locker encrypted partition. The reports contain aggregate data covering cohorts from localities to large geographical areas for NHS England. No record level data is supplied to third parties. The inclusion of VSOs as recipients in the ‘commercial’ purpose context outlined below in no way changes the processing activities set out in this paragraph

Objectives:

Objective for processing: i5 Health Limited (i5 Health) requires health data for the following purposes: Purpose #1) i5 Health Limited (i5 Health) evaluates, on behalf of the Health Education Board of NHS England, the economic impact of Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP) - the prescribing of drugs by health practitioners other than doctors. i5 Health analyses the relevant activity data in order to identify utilisation of NMP practitioners in various healthcare settings. In doing so, they can measure the impact NMP has or, if introduced more widely, will have on different health economies. (Academic Paper ID: WNC 48 'Nurse Prescribing' - WorldwideNursingConference,Singapore2014;abstract http://www.citeulike.org/user/gstf/article/13247895 ) Purpose #2) i5 Health provides consultancy services to support to CCGs in their decision making for commissioning purposes. The specific purposes are:- Purpose #2.1) To identify realistic NHS Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) QIPP initiatives for specific CCGs, CSUs and Providers in order to spot trends and to perform benchmarking that support commissioners in particular with their operational, strategic planning and co-commissioning. Current work includes with NHS England to identify suitable initiatives for Specialist Services like Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. It also includes provision of patient counts for LTCs to GPs to enable them to evaluate the quality of their QoF registers and devise appropriate actions (with small numbers suppressed). Purpose #2.2) i5 Health advises Voluntary Sector Organisations (VSOs) that have charitable status and exist to complement the work of the NHS in improving patient care. Such VSOs include Age UK and Asthma UK. Only voluntary organisations that are commissioned by the NHS will be clients of this service. Purpose #2.3) To measure standards of care and identify gaps in provision to inform commissioning strategy. A number of CCG’s including NHS Halton CCG, C4G CCG, Brent CCG, Ashford CCG, have been working with i5 Health in this respect to develop their strategies. Where HSCIC has already given formal approval for i5 Health to analyse data (IG Ref DSCON066/Halton CCG), the outcome was described by the Director of Transformation as giving; "…..Halton CCG a unique glance into what financial results could be made through our partnership approach. Unlike any other piece of consultancy, i5 and COP shone an economic light on what schemes are working well and what areas i5 Health could prioritise our energy on." i5 Health requires PBR spells & episode at patient level, including procedure and diagnosis codes, in order to evaluate the applicability of a particular QIPP initiative for a group of patients. Data on PBR spells and episodes is essential in i5 Health establishing the nature and size of specific patient cohorts in a given acute provider setting. Such identification allows i5 Health to calculate accurately the effect of any proposed, specific initiative including the financial impact of that change (e.g. provision of certain alternatives in the primary care sector to hospital treatment). VSOs already cooperate with i5 Health to improve the extent and quality of the information that i5 Health relies on to support, with data processing, clinical commissioning within the NHS. The VSOs have occasion to ask for i5 Health reports, based on data analysis that can improve their own specific charitable works for NHS patients.