Assessment of NHS England’s A&E Activity Statistics

We are currently assessing the extent to which the following publications, produced by NHS England (NHSE),meet the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Statistics: 

The Code of Practice is a regulatory framework based on the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics. Capturing the views of users, and potential users, forms an important part of our judgment about the statistics, including their strengths and how they could be improved.  

If you are a user of these statistics, we would very much welcome your feedback on these statistics. We would be grateful for any responses to the following questions: 

  1. Which of the statistics or datasets do you use, and for what purposes? 
  2. How do you usually access the latest statistics or data, for example, from the NHS England website, or from other media? How could access be improved?   
  3. Is the presentation of the statistics (e.g., through charts, tables and commentary) helpful? How could presentation be improved?    
  4. Do the statistics meet the level of quality that is required for your needs and how you want to use them? How clear is NHS England about the quality of the statistics i.e. their strengths and limitations? 
  5. Are there any data gaps that you believe could be solved by improving these statistics? 
  6. How does NHS England engage with you as a user of these statistics? Could its engagement with you be improved?

We welcome comments on any other aspect of these statistics which you think might be relevant to our assessment.  

We may want to contact you to discuss your views. Please indicate whether you are happy for us to do so and provide contact details. We will keep a record of your contact details, emails and written correspondence with you and notes we record of any meetings with you. These records form an important part of the evidence base to help inform our regulatory judgements. Our Privacy Policy explains how we handle and protect your personal information, your legal rights and who to contact if you have any questions about how your personal information is being used. 

It will be useful for us to share your comments with NHS England to enable them to take account of your views. Please could you tell us whether you consent for us to pass on your comments and/or contact details.   

Please send any feedback to our assessors Anna Price, Claire Mokrysz or Sarah Whitehead. 

Also, if you think there are other user groups we should be talking to about these statistics, please let us know.  

We look forward to receiving your comments by 18 August 2023.