This is one of a series of reports prepared under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 . The Act allows an appropriate authority to request an assessment of official statistics against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics in order for them to gain National Statistics status. This report is in response to such a request from the Secretary of State for Health in response to the Statistics Authority’s Monitoring Review: Official Statistics on Patient Outcomes in England . The report covers the set of statistics reported in Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator – Deaths associated with hospitalisation, England, (SHMI) produced by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

This report forms part of a group of assessments of patient outcomes statistics produced by HSCIC, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS England: the NHS Outcomes Framework and Patient Reported Outcome Measures, Patient Experiences and Patient Safety statistics.

This report was prepared by the Authority’s Assessment team, and approved by the Regulation Committee on behalf of the Board of the Authority, based on the advice of the Director General for Regulation.

Letter of Confirmation as National Statistics