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HES Consultation 2013

This consultation is now closed.

What is this consultation?

This consultation invites responses on our proposed development of the presentation and output of the annual Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) publications in relation to admitted patient care, outpatients, accident and emergency and maternity activity.


Why are we having this consultation?

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) publishes annual reports on hospital activity in English NHS hospitals and private providers supplying services to the NHS in England. These are the standard publications for HES.

We are consulting users on changes to the way HES data is presented. These changes are intended to give users a better understanding of hospital activity and to align content across the HES publications.

Summary of consultation

We propose to amend the way in which some data is presented, to introduce new content and to retire old content. We propose to amend some calculations and reporting groupings to improve their definition and aid interpretation. The consultation is split into four sections, one for each of the annual HES publications. You're invited to contribute to one or more of these consultations by reviewing the appropriate documents and completing the questions presented. We also invite comment on any issue not presented.

The HES annual publications are:

  • Accident and Emergency
  • Admitted Patient Care
  • Maternity
  • Outpatients

When will the reports be published?

The 2012-13 annual HES reports will be published between November 2013 and January 2014.

How to respond

This consultation process is open to anyone - whether as an individual or representing an organisation. The closing date for the consultation is 30June 2013.

You are asked to complete your response by completing the supplied Word file which asks you whether you support the proposal or not, and requests comments on each proposal. You can also email any comments to with the subject heading clearly stating "HES annual publication consultation".

If you would like to know more about the consultation or if you have any queries please contact

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

HES annual publication consultation
Contact Centre
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:

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.

The findings from the consultation exercise

word icon HES consultation 2013 Accident and Emergency Summary Results [139kb]

word icon HES consultation 2013 - Admitted Patient Care Summary Results [158kb]

word icon HES consultation 2013 Maternity Summary Results [190kb]

word icon HES_consultation_2013_Outpatients Summary_Results [143kb] 

Consultation documents

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