Each metric has a page of information explaining what the values represent and how to interpret them.
It should include:
- Subtitle: a short explanation of the composition of the metric and what it shows, explaining any abbrevations used in the metric name.
- Period: found next to the calendar icon, this tells you the period for the values shown on this page. You can change the period if you want.
- Trust value, System value and other values: these will depend on the metric, but often include a peer median and national median. See the Methodology section to understand how they are calculated.
- Chart: if a chart is available, you'll see a thumbnail here. Click the 'interactive chart' button to launch a full version and switch between different chart types that are available for this metric (for example variation and time series charts).
- Understand the data: the purpose of the metric (why we are providing it and what it will help you do) and how to interpret it (what a higher or lower value means, to help you identify and action opportunities to improve).
- Data source: where we got the data to populate this metric (this might help you look at the raw data and how it was submitted locally, and find related guidance about data submissions).
- Updated: the last date these data were updated at model.nhs.uk
- Next due: the date this metric is due to be updated at model.nhs.uk (not when the data source is due to be collected or published).
- Methodology: precisely how we calculate the metric, to help you verify the data and investigate it further (for example you might want to re-create it using local data).
We are working to standardise the information on metric pages, including making sure they are complete and written clearly, but if there is anything missing or hard to understand please let us know.