Primary Care Mortality Database
What is the Primary Care Mortality Database?
The Primary Care Mortality Database (PCMD) links mortality data to an individual's GP practice that they were registered with. At present it holds monthly data for 2013 based on Upper Tier Local Authority (LA) and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) structures. Counts of patients by GP practice are maintained quarterly.
PCMD is updated with the latest monthly data by the second week of the following month.
Annual data for 2012 based on the new structures and using final validated data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) was loaded at the end of August 2013. We will also be reviewing with users the requirement for restructuring more historical data.
The PCMD is managed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and is accessed securely using Open Exeter via a N3 connection.
Who is it for?
This database is for use by analysts in Public Health in Local Authorities and NHS Organisations using deaths data for public health statistical purposes.
What data are available?
The PCMD contains monthly (and annual extracts in time) of individual record level data on deaths supplied directly by ONS and includes:
- A single linked dataset including registered GP/practice, patient details, causes of death, and NHS number
- Data that can be extracted by residence or GP practice of registration
- The option to view by the CCG where the deceased was registered, or CCG area/ Upper Tier Local Authority where the person resided
- Quarterly counts of patients by GP practice aggregated by age and sex
These data are supplied to Public Health in Local Authorities and NHS organisations for public health statistical purposes under: Statistics and Registration Service Act (2007) and regulation 3 of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002.
There are also some important changes about the purpose for which this information can be used. The Act specifies that the births and deaths information can only be disclosed by ONS to health bodies and Local Authorities if either: it consists of statistics or is for the purpose of producing or analysing statistics; and is for the purpose of the performance of functions in relation to the health service.
In addition the legal access to personal confidential data has changed under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The HSCIC has issued some FAQs to assist in determining whether your organisation can access patient confidential data and these should be referred to prior to requesting access to PCMD.
How do I access the service?
Only Public Health in Local Authorities and NHS organisations using the data for public health statistical purposes will be considered for access to the PCMD. If your organisation meets these criteria you will be required to complete the ONS Data Access Agreement.
They are embedded here with a process document to aid completion:
- Data Access Agreement [120kb]
- Short Declaration of Use [75kb]
- Short Declaration List [74kb]
- Data Access Agreement Process [131kb]
If you have any queries on how to complete the ONS Data Access Agreement please email IROS@ons.gsi.gov.uk
If you require any further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org putting "PCMD" as the subject.