NHS England’s Data Services for Commissioners team have been working on an algorithm and guidance to ensure that the right commissioner code is always assigned in Commissioning Data Sets.
The accuracy of this is important for a range of commissioning purposes including establishing healthcare needs, planning delivery of services, performance management and assurance, and for data access purposes. This guidance is particularly needed for cases where it may not be straightforward to identify the correct commissioner code. A flow chart describing the process, and supporting guidance are now available.
- NHS England 16/17 Commissioner Assignment Method Guidance Document
- Commissioner Assignment Method – Flow Chart
- Commissioner Assignment Method – supporting tables spreadsheet