The Department of Health uses the information to help monitor national WAITING LIST trends. These are used to develop policies and indicate changes which can enable the WAITING LISTS to be managed more effectively.
This central information collection requirement is both:
Each submission will be from one ORGANISATION in the role of provider or commissioner and should only contain data appropriate to that role i.e. must not contain a mixture of commissioning and provider role data.
The collection is for all GENERAL PRACTITIONER written referrals, whether from doctor or dentists, for a first Out-Patient Appointment Consultant where the first Out-Patient Attendance Consultant has not yet taken place and the period between the receipt of the referral and the REPORTING PERIOD END DATE by specified waiting time band.
Data providers are required to submit data by the 15th working day following the month end, with publication being on the Friday following the 20th working day after month end.