Hospital Information Branch (HIB) is responsible for the collection, quality assurance, analysis and publication of timely and accurate information derived from a wide range of statistical information returns supplied by the HSC Trusts and Hospitals.
All statistics produced by HIB are designated as ‘Official Statistics’ and some of our statistics are designated as ‘National Statistics’, which means that they are produced in accordance with the arrangements set out in the Framework for National Statistics and in line with the 8 principles and 3 supporting protocols set out in the UK Statistics Authority's Code of Practice for Official Statistics. Official statistics, as set out in Section 6 of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, are statistical outputs which are intended to inform politicians, officials and the wider public about the national position on specific topics on an ongoing basis, are governed by the Statistics Code.
The UK Statistics Authority, which was established as part of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, is now responsible for the development and maintenance of a Code of Practice for Statistics which sets out the professional standards which official statisticians are expected to meet. Guidance from the National Statistician assists statisticians and other officials in implementing the principles of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
As well as complying with the Code of Practice and its supporting Protocols, all of our National Statistics are also produced and published in accordance with the following statements and policies.
- DHSSPS Statement of Compliance with the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order (Northern Ireland) 2009 (PDF 42KB)
- HIB Statistical Releases to which Pre-release Access is Granted (PDF 44KB)
- HIB Revision Policy (Word 32KB)
- Statement on Confidentiality and Access (Word 930KB)
- Use of Administrative Sources (PDF 20KB)
- Statement of Administrative Sources - updated 7 April 2011 (PDF 55KB)
Assesments of Compliance
Waiting Times Statistics
Outpatient, Inpatient, Emergency Care and Cancer waiting times statistics were recently subject to a National Statistics Assessment by the UK Statistics Authority. Their findings are presented in Statistics on Hospital Waiting Times in Northern Ireland Assessment Report 153 (PDF 98KB)
The UK Statistics Authority found each publication to be compliant with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics and have confirmed the designation of the outputs as National Statistics
Outpatient, Inpatient, Emergency Care and Mental Health & Learning Disability activity statistics were recently subject to a National Statistics Assessment by the UK Statistics Authority. Their findings are presented in Statistics on Hospitals in Northern Ireland Assessment Report 222 (PDF 90KB)
Breaches to the Code of Practice for Official Statistics
There are currently no breaches reported.