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 statistics from four patient experience surveys for England that are published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC):

• Inpatient survey

• Maternity services survey

• Community mental health survey

• Accident and Emergency survey

1.2 This report forms part of a group of assessments of patient outcomes statistics for England produced by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), NHS England and CQC that also includes the NHS Outcomes Framework (NHS OF), Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicators, Patient Reported Outcome Measures, and Patient Safety Incident statistics.

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

Letter of Confirmation as National Statistics