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					                                                                                   DSC Notice: 20/2003
                                                                                  Date of Issue: June 2003
                                                       Subject:
      NHS Information                                                Data Standards:
                                                         Clarification of the definition of Dental
      Standards Board                                                    Episode
                                                       Implementation Date: Immediate


                       DATA SET CHANGE CONTROL PROCEDURE

 This paper gives notification of changes to be included in the NHS Data Dictionary and the NHS CDS
 Manual as appropriate. These will be consolidated into the publications in due course.



Summary of Changes:

Changes to the NHS Data Dictionary description of a Dental Episode, to clarify
whether a routine check-up is the start of a new episode




The NHS Information Standards Board (NHS ISB) is responsible for approving information standards.
The NHS ISB is supported by the Management Information Standards Board, the Clinical Information
Standards Board and the Technical Standards Board.

The packaging of standards document is under review. Any changes will be notified in due course.

Please note that the website address has changed, and that Data Set Change Notices are now
located at:

http://www.nhsia.nhs.uk/dscn/pages/default.asp and on the NHSnet at:
http://nww.nhsia.nhs.uk/dscn/pages/default.asp
Change Request

NHS Information Authority
                                                                                                DSCN
Data Standards Programme
                                                                                               20/2003
Reference:                             Change Request 343
Version No:                            1.5
Subject:                               Clarification of the definition of Dental Episode
Type of Change:                        Addition of sentence to clarify definition
Effective Date:                        Immediate
Reason for Change:                     Clarification was required in the description of the class DENTAL
                                       EPISODE (for Community Dental Service), to make it clear that an
                                       appointment for a routine check-up is the start of a new episode.

Background:

The description of the class DENTAL EPISODE (for Community Dental Service) has been amended to clarify
that an appointment for a routine check-up is the start of a new episode and not the continuation of an existing
episode.

Summary of changes:

Class Definitions
DENTAL EPISODE         Change to description


Name:    Peter Beresford
Date:    1 July 2003
Sponsor: Data and Information Standards Programme

Note: Additions shown in highlighted with a blue background. Deletions are shown using strikeout.




DENTAL EPISODE


Change to Class: change to description

A series of face to face contacts with Community Dental Service staff needed to complete a patient treatment
plan. It will begin with an initial examination and diagnosis and will terminate either on the completion of a
treatment plan or after a three month period in which the PATIENT has failed to make contact with the
Community Dental Service. A DENTAL EPISODE may involve more than one DENTAL STAFF MEMBER
providing treatment and may involve more than one DENTAL TREATMENT CONTACTS.

Note that an appointment for a routine check-up in six months time would be the start of a new episode, not a
continuation of an existing one.



This class is also known by these names:
 Context            Alias

 plural     DENTAL EPISODES




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