Dear Mr Humpherson,
I am writing as Senior Statistician in the Northern Ireland Heath and Social Care (HSC) Business Services Organisation (BSO) on behalf of and with the approval of the Chief Executive.
BSO is a legally specified producer of Official Statistics and currently releases a range of quarterly and annual outputs related to its Family Practitioner Services (FPS) activities.
In accordance with Section 12(1) of the Statistics and Registration Act 2007, I would be grateful if your Assessment Team can assess the following publications against the Code of Practice for Statistics for National Statistics designation:
FPS General Dental Services Statistics for Northern Ireland – Quarterly/Annual
FPS General Ophthalmic Services Statistics for Northern Ireland – Quarterly/Annual
FPS General Medical Services Statistics for Northern Ireland – Quarterly/Annual
FPS General Pharmaceutical Services Statistics for Northern Ireland – Quarterly/Annual
FPS Statistics for Northern Ireland – Key Facts – Annual
FPS Prescription Cost Analysis for Northern Ireland – Annual (frequency under review – may move to monthly)
We had previously flagged to OSR, via NISRA, that we would like the assessment to take place in second half of 21/22 and recently met with Dr Anna Price to scope out the requirement. At that meeting, we felt that the optimum time to begin the assessment would be Jan 22. We look forward to working with the assessment team on this matter.
Head of FPS Information Unit
CC: Karen Bailey, Chief Executive (Acting) BSO
Peter Wilson, Director of Operations BSO
Orla Donachy, Asst Director FPS BSO
Siobhan Carey, Chief Executive NISRA
Dr Tracy Power, Director of Analysis NISRA
Ruth Fulton, Head of Statistical Support Branch NISRA
Mark Pont, Assessment Programme Lead OSR