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Data Provider: Welsh Government Management Information Number of daily notifications of deaths of adult care home residents with and without care provided, by date of notification

In order to improve the timely availability of data related to coronavirus (COVID-19) in adult care homes the Welsh Government and Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) have agreed to publish the number of notifications of deaths of adult care home residents involving COVID-19 (both confirmed and suspected). The location of death may be in the care home, in hospital or another location.

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[Expand]20184,2641,9786,242
[Expand]20193,9761,7505,726
[Expand]20205,2462,5287,774
[Collapse]2021(r) The data item has been revised since previously published in StatsWales.2,788(r) The data item has been revised since previously published in StatsWales.1,507(r) The data item has been revised since previously published in StatsWales.4,295
2021[Expand]January 2021543374917
[Expand]February 2021385196581
[Expand]March 2021326181507
[Expand]April 2021265135400
[Expand]May 2021246138384
[Expand]June 2021315120435
[Expand]July 2021329152481
[Expand]August 2021(r) The data item has been revised since previously published in StatsWales.311(r) The data item has been revised since previously published in StatsWales.161(r) The data item has been revised since previously published in StatsWales.472
[Collapse]September 20216850118
September 202101 September 202181018
02 September 202113619
03 September 20217411
04 September 2021224
05 September 2021235
06 September 2021181230
07 September 202112517
08 September 20216814

Metadata

Title

Number of daily notifications of deaths of adult care home residents with and without care provided, by date of notification

Last update

14 September 2021 14 September 2021

Next update

28 September 2021

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Care Inspectorate Wales

Contact email

kas.covid19@gov.wales

Designation

Management information

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Wales

Geographical coverage

Wales

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence

Keywords

COVID-19, Coronavirus, CIW, Care homes, Deaths

General description

In order to improve the timely availability of data related to coronavirus (COVID-19) in adult care homes the Welsh Government and Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) have agreed to publish the number of notifications of deaths of adult care home residents involving COVID-19 (both confirmed and suspected). The location of death may be in the care home, in hospital or another location.

The data is not based on laboratory confirmed tests, and not directly comparable with Public Health Wales (PHW) data. In their rapid surveillance dashboard, PHW include some notifications received from care homes with a positive laboratory confirmed test for COVID-19. These data cannot be added together. Welsh Government publish this data to ensure access to the CIW data is transparent and to provide a timely indication of trends for all deaths to care home residents in Wales, from COVID-19 or otherwise.


Data collection and calculation

Daily return from Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) at a local authority (LA) level. Data is collected on a daily basis via an online form developed and maintained by Care Inspectorate Wales. The data is validated against previous returns and any significant changes are queried. Data is submitted via a CSV file and transferred to a SQL database. Data includes all notifications up to midnight each day.

Frequency of publication

Fortnightly

Data reference periods

1 March 2018 onwards.

Revisions information

Historic data are subject to revision at any point as CIW can re-submit a return anytime, and therefore may differ to that previously published information.

Statistical quality

In terms of ‘Confirmed’ COVID-19, from 29 April onwards, this has been provided to CIW by the care home provider by means of an answer to the question: ‘Was the death a result of confirmed COVID-19?’

Prior to this date, the care home provider wasn’t asked this question, therefore, ‘Confirmed’ for these is where CIW’s inspectors have reviewed the free text data provided by the care home provider (on the questions ‘cause of the person’s death, if known and confirmed by a medical practitioner’ and ‘summary of the circumstances leading up to the persons death and all contributing factors’) and determined that it relates to a confirmed case.

In both scenarios CIW are reliant on the care home provider to inform them appropriately of a confirmed case.

Care homes are required to notify CIW of the location of death and cause of death. Prior to 29 April 2020 this was via a free text box and CIW used manual searches on the data to produce summaries by category. From 29 April 2020 the form was amended to include mandatory tick box categories for COVID-19 Confirmed or Suspected and location (hospital, care home, hospice, ambulance, other). Therefore the methodology used to produce these figures changed from 29 April 2020.

The care home testing policy was expanded on 16 May 2020 to include tests offered to all symptomatic and asymptomatic staff and residents who have never tested positive for COVID-19 even where the home had not reported possible or confirmed cases. More widespread testing may have resulted in some deaths recorded as non-COVID-19 deaths when previously they may have been recorded as suspected COVID-19 deaths.

Due to working patterns, there tends to be a lower number of notifications of confirmed COVID-19 deaths during the weekends when compared to notifications for Monday to Friday. There is often a larger number of notifications on a Monday.