ETHNIC CATEGORY

Format/length: an2
HES item: ETHNOS
National Codes: Press Definition button for the National Codes
Default Codes: 99 - Not known

Notes:
The 16+1 new ethnic data categories defined in the 2001 census will become the national mandatory standard for the collection of ethnicity. From 1/4/2001, they must be used for the collection of all statistical data sets in England, NHS and PSS, including the Admitted Patient Care CDS and Hospital Episode Statistics. (See DSCN 21/2000 and DSCN 02/2001).

The new national code must be entered as the first character in the 2 character field. The second character is an optional field only required for use locally. It must, however, be able to be grouped consistently with the 16 main categories.

The information recorded about ETHNIC CATEGORIES must be obtained by asking the PATIENT.

All provider units must collect and record data on the ETHNIC CATEGORIES of PATIENTS for inclusion in the Admitted Patient Care CDS; it will also be extracted for HES. Note that the mandatory requirement to collect and record the ETHNIC CATEGORIES of admitted patients does not extend to newborn babies (i.e. birth episodes) but providers and commissioners may decide locally to collect this data. ETHNIC CATEGORIES - newborn - is not extracted and passed back to HES.

See also ETHNIC GROUP

This data element is also known by these names:

Context Alias
plural ETHNIC CATEGORIES