Data on the numbers of people experiencing a delay in the arrangements for them to leave hospital, for example to go home, or to move to another more appropriate facility within the NHS, eg from an acute bed to a rehabilitation bed.
Data collection and calculation
The major source of data for this release is an administrative system, the Delayed Transfers of Care (DToC) database. The DToC database is an all-Wales census system operated by the NHS Wales Informatics Service to which each NHS Local Health Board enters a record for each patient with a delayed transfer. The census date is the third Wednesday of each month. Three weeks are allowed for validation by the relevant LHB and local authorities before the data is downloaded by the Statistical Directorate as an Excel spreadsheet. Data is then transferred to an ACCESS database; any queries on the new data in the context of the time series are discussed with policy colleagues and data suppliers in LHBs and Trusts.
This information is included in the related Statistical Release - see weblink.
In the unlikely event of incorrect data being published, revisions to data would be made and users informed in conjunction with the Welsh Government’s Revisions, Errors and Postponements arrangements. This would include a statement in the statistics explaining the nature and extent of the revisions.
This information is included in the related Quality Report - see weblink.