Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Risk Assessment

This section of the website provides information on the number and proportion of admitted patients aged 16 and over in England who have been risk assessed for VTE. Prior to April 2019 this information was only collected for patients aged 18 and over.

Note: From April 2017 to March 2020 this information was published by NHS Improvement.

The VTE data collection and publication is currently suspended to release capacity in providers and commissioners to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. This was communicated via this letter on 28th March 2020.



The data collection was first made mandatory from June 2010, and data has been published quarterly from the first full quarter’s data (July-September 2010).

NHS providers are required to collect data on VTE risk assessments each month, however, you only need to submit the data quarterly at the end of each quarter.

The data collection asks for the following:

  • the number of patients aged 16 and over admitted in the month, who have been risk assessed for VTE on admission to hospital using the criteria in a National VTE risk assessment tool
  • the total number of patients aged 16 and over admitted in the month
  • the percentage of patients aged 16 and over, admitted within the month assessed for risk of VTE on admission

Trusts are required to upload their data on VTE risk assessment onto SDCS and signed off no later than 20 working days after the month end.



New nationally-mandated Quality Requirements, with associated financial consequences, have been introduced in relation to VTE assessment (previously a national CQUIN indicator) in the 2014/15 NHS Standard Contract. Technical guidance can be found in the link and documents below:
NHS Standard Contract 2019/20 – Technical Guidance
NHS Improvement VTE Guidance March 2019

This section of the Statistics Code of Practice contains details of the data revisions policy.


Publications Calendar

Data period Deadline Date Publication Date
Q1 2019/20 26th July 2019 4th September 2019
Q2 2019/20 25th October 2019 4th December 2019
Q3 2019/20 31st January 2020 3rd March 2020
Q4 2019/20 24th April 2020 4th June 2020



Data Publications for 2019-20

Data Publications for 2018-19

Data Publications for 2017-18

Data Publications for 2016-17

Data Publications for 2015-16

Data Publications for 2014-15

Data Publications for 2013-14

Data Publications for 2012-13

Data Publications from 2010-11 Q2 to 2011-12 Q4


Contact Us

You can obtain further details about the statistics published in this section or send in your comments by emailing the team at the address below.