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Consultation on the Ambulance services England, Publication


Result of consultation

In January 2013 the Health and Social Care Information Centre published a consultation paper which outlined the changes to the source information used to produce the publication.  The proposal to use an alternative source of data for the publication replacing the existing KA34 would change the content and layout to the annual report on Ambulance services.

The consultation closed in April 2013 and we received 2 responses from key users.  We are very grateful for the feedback received.  Further investigation is required following comments received and we are presently working with all relevant parties to finalise the outcomes from the consultation.  We expect to report on the final outcome of the consultation during August 2013.

Closed: 02 April 2013


What is this consultation?

A consultation to invite responses on our proposed changes to future annual HSCIC Ambulance services data publications.


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pdf icon Consultation on the Ambulance services England, Publication [466kb]


Why are we having this consultation?

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) publishes annually information on Ambulance Services England with the information contained within sourced from the annual KA34 collection.

The proposal is to stop the KA34 annual collection and use an alternative source of data for the publication, unless the consultation shows a strong reason to keep the KA34. Even if this was the case the KA34 would need to be heavily modified to eliminate any duplicate areas of data collection and to eliminate additional burden on the NHS Ambulance Trusts completing the returns.

The aim of this consultation is to understand the impact of stopping the KA34 collection. This includes the impact on users of the loss of data items and annual published information. The impact to you as users will depend on which elements (data items) you use, this proposal sees the total loss of some data items, changes to some of the definitions of data items thus making year on year comparisons impossible with other items being unaffected. New items which are currently collected monthly will be made available.

Section 5 of the consultation document lists the current tables highlighting the impact at an individual data item level. The latest tables and publication report are available here.

Whilst we will consider all views we receive, we cannot guarantee which will be implemented.


Summary of consultation

This proposal will change the content and layout to the annual report on Ambulance services.

Section 5 of the consultation document lists the current tables highlighting the impact at an individual data item level.

When will the reports be published?
The Ambulance Services publication will continue with content depending on responses to the consultation, the intention will be for future reports to be published as soon as possible after the relevant data has been obtained from its source and this has been sufficiently analysed.


How to respond

The deadline for responses is 02 April 2013, (8 weeks after opening on 05 February 2013). The closing date will allow us to consider responses and implement resulting changes as part of the publication of the 2013 report(s).

You are asked to complete your response using the Ambulance response link (external). You can also email any comments to enquiries@hscic.gov.uk with the subject heading clearly stating "Ambulance Consultation".

Alternatively, if you are unable to respond via the online survey or email, you can post your comments/suggestions to:

Ambulance consultation
Workforce and Facilities
The Health and Social Care Information Centre
1 Trevelyan Square
Boar Lane
Leeds
LS1 6AE

Please ensure that you include your contact details on any documents you contribute to ensure we can contact you to inform you of the outcome of the review. A summary of the responses received will be made available on our website.

If you have a query regarding completing your response, or would like to discuss any issue in order to respond more constructively, or you require a copy of this consultation paper in any other format, e.g. Braille, Large Font, or Audio, please call 0845 300 6016 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) or email: enquiries@hscic.gov.uk


Responses: confidentiality and disclaimer

The information you send us may be passed to colleagues within the HSCIC, other government departments or related agencies. Even where confidentiality is requested, if a request for disclosure of the consultation response is made in accordance with the Freedom of Information legislation, and the response is not covered by one of the exemptions in the legislation, the HSCIC may have to disclose the response, in whole or in part.

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