SCW were initially approached to model the excess deaths and mortuary/cremation capacity requirements for Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucester CCG to support the Covid-19 virus pandemic. We were then commissioned by South East (SE) and South West (SW) regions to undertake the critical task of recording and reporting deaths related to Covid19 across the regions.
We have provided operational support 7 days a week supported by 5 members of staff to confirm the accuracy of the data provided and source any background information needed. The data is supplied each day to the national team ready for the national press release, together with any additional information requested such as on NHS employees or any unusual circumstances regarding cases, to provide background.
Our monitoring has included the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), data cleansing and validation to improve data quality, and developing reporting arrangements and further analysis, which is shared with health and care colleagues to inform daily intelligence.
The data has provided a measure of the likely excess deaths due to the Covid-19 virus and enabled the necessary plans to be put in place to support mortuaries and crematoria plan capacity.
The service which has been scaled to operate 8am– 8pm 7 days per week across our 2 regions has created resilience and enables us to learn from supporting more than one region.
- We are now playing a vital role collating and quality checking all hospital reported COVID-19 deaths in SE and SW Regions of NHS England to inform national figures as reported in the daily government briefings. Reporting the daily deaths occurring in hospitals from COVID-19 is critical in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic and supports health and economic planning and offers assurance and resilience to the public health and government response.
- SE and SW regions are the only regions to have outsourced the data collection to a CSU. We are able to add benefit through our privileged access to Summary Care Records which enables us to quality check patient details such as date of birth using the NHS number.
- The system continues to develop in response to the changing requirements nationally. An example being the addition of an NHS employee flag in the system to enable these figures to be collated for government and to support a planned memorial post COVID.