Consultation on proposed changes to ECDS for the Clinical Review of Standards

Closed 24 Jun 2020

Opened 9 Jun 2020


Please do not skip this section - it contains important information at the end


The Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS) is the national data set for Urgent and Emergency Care.

It was developed in 2017 to collect national data to help better understand how and why people attend emergency care departments.

NHS England & Improvement are committed to improving the coverage, timeliness and quality of ECDS with a view to it becoming the single source of truth on A&E activity and intend to begin publishing more data from ECDS in the coming months.

A new set of data fields are proposed which aim to improve patient outcomes across Urgent and Emergency Care.

These have been developed in consultation with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Society of Acute Medicine and support from the Acute Frailty Programme, the Same Day Emergency Care Programme, NHS Elect, National Urgent Treatment Centre Programme and Clinical Review of Standards (CRS) Programme.

More information on ECDS and the CRS can be found in the 'Related' section below.

Notes on completing the survey:

  1. Please do your best to ensure there is only one survey submitted from your organisation.
  2. Providers:
    • Please complete every question to the best of your ability.
    • We recommend that the response is co-ordinated by the Head of IT / Head of Informatics.
  3. IT Suppliers:
    • Please review the very latest slides and recorded webinar that are on the ECDS web pages because some aspects of the Supplier webinar we ran have been updated.
    • Please complete estimated cost information on a PER ED basis.
    • You do not need to complete any questions relating to ongoing costs to EDs.
    • Estimated timescales should be the time to complete the rollout to at least HALF of your affected customer base.

If you have any questions during the survey please contact

Why your views matter

As part of the assurance and approval process to modify ECDS we are seeking feedback on:

  • The impact of implementing the changes to ECDS in Emergency Departments.
  • The expected costs and timescales to implement the changes.
  • Any issues relating to new definitions.

We are seeking to ensure that those people with either an operational or strategic interest in ECDS have an opportunity to influence the development of the ECDS Information Standard. If you would like to take part, please complete the questionnaire on behalf of your organisation.

To get a broad view of the impact of the proposed change, you may need to discuss the survey with other members of your organisation - for example colleagues with clinical, operational and informatics knowledge.

Before answering the questions please make sure you are familiar with

  • The slides and recorded webinar(s) explaining the changes and;
  • The DRAFT ECDS Enhanced Technical Output Specification v3.0 (see Related Information below for link).

What happens next

Information obtained from the survey will inform the Impact Assessment to be produced by NHS Digital and which will be considered by the Data Coordination Board (DCB).


  • All Areas


  • Trust/Practice IT Staff
  • Clinicians
  • Heads of Information
  • Information Managers
  • IT Quality Assurance Managers
  • Acute Care
  • All Users of the Commissioning Data Sets
  • Information Teams
  • Clinicians
  • System Suppliers
  • Health and care organisations


  • Information Standards
  • Data Set Change Notices
  • Data Collections
  • Commissioning Data Sets
  • Secondary Uses
  • Commissioning