A version of this post covering schools appears on Help Me Investigate Education.
With food hygiene in the news following the horsemeat scandal, I thought I’d put together a quick guide on getting information about your own local hospitals’ hygiene ratings.
You can download FSA ratings of food hygiene for each local authority. This includes hospitals and other healthcare providers.
However, the downloads are in XML format, so you’ll need to first convert it to a spreadsheet. There are online tools to help you do this and you can also use the free data cleaning tool Google Refine.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to drill down to the hospitals. Continue reading
More from the latest briefing from the NHS Commissioning Board, on new data to be made available in 2013:
“Commissioners will be expected to make improvement against the NHS Outcomes Framework.
To improve information, providers should by summer 2013 publish consultant-level data covering survival rates and quality of care for ten specialties including cardiac, vascular and orthopaedic surgery. Publication will be a contractual obligation in 2014/15 to allow comparison across hospitals.”
“The NHS CB will collect core clinical data from GP practices to help analysis of outcomes across pathways of care and encourage the integration of services. The NHS CB will also develop a comprehensive set of data for hospital care for 2014/15.”
One to watch.