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COVID-19 update

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 update, January 2022
NHS England and NHS Improvement have updated their ‘Reducing the burden of reporting and releasing capacity to manage the COVID-19 pandemic’ guidance. 

The latest communication from Sir David Sloman, Chief Operating Officer at NHS England and NHS Improvement to NHS trusts and foundation trusts, states: “Given the importance of clinical audit in COVID and non-COVID care, clinical audit platforms will remain open for data collection. It should be noted clinical teams should always prioritise clinical care over data collection and submission” (page 6, section B: Reporting and assurance, point number 14).

This letter can be viewed here: 

Restarting data collection update, May 2021
Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director for NHS England and Improvement has informed HQIP (SSNAP commissioners) that in order to support the NCAPOP (National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcome Programme)  with monitoring and improving patient care, NHS England and Improvement is mandating a restart to data collection in England. Data collection in Wales has been ongoing and should continue.

The letter can be viewed here: 

SSNAP update, July 2020
On 15 August 2020, the minimum COVID-19 dataset was closed to new admissions and from 1 September 2020 no records on the minimum dataset can be edited. All records must be added onto the main SSNAP webtool ( A letter from SSNAP Clinical Director, Professor Martin James, is available here: SSNAP Update 200720

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Interim reports

SSNAP has been reporting interim data during the COVID period on a monthly basis. Teams that were able to enter data were encourage to do so by a set monthly deadline for inclusion in these reports. Deadlines were not compulsory and teams were not chased to meet these deadlines, as they are typically with the routine data-locking deadlines. Standard quarterly reports are also being produced and any data entered after these deadlines will be included in the appropriate quarterly report. 

To view the interim reports for March/April, May, June and July, please go to: > Results > Clinical audit > National and select the appropriate drop-down.

Suspension of national audit data collection, April 2020
We are aware of the immense pressure that the COVID-19 pandemic will place on stroke services in general and routine stroke data collection in particular. On the 2 April 2020, NHSE and the Welsh Government agreed the following stance:
All national clinical audit, confidential enquiries [commissioned / funded by NHSEI] and national joint registry data collection can be suspended. Analysis and preparation of current reports can continue at the discretion of the audit provider, where it does not impact front line clinical capacity. All audit data that can be collected during this pandemic will give insights into how Coronavirus has impacted in other areas such as:

  • elderly patients (hip fracture, dementia, heart failure)
  • those presenting for emergency laparotomy
  • those with cancer and diabetes to name but a few

Child death database, PICANET and MBRRACE-UK perinatal surveillance will be required for current clinical management and should continue. You can refer to the full letter from HQIP online here

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