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Title:SchlumbergerSema NHS Patient Survey File Creation Guide 
Overview:This document describes how to prepare a file for submission to the National Strategic Tracing Service (NSTS). The NSTS batch tracing service should be used prior to mailing questionnaires, in order to identify any patients who have died since they were discharged from hospital. This document should be read in conjunction with the adult inpatients survey guidance manual. 
Abstract:This document describes how to prepare a file for submission to the National Strategic Tracing Service (NSTS) batch tracing service. This service should be used prior to mailing questionnaires, in order to identify any patients who have died since they were discharged from hospital. NSTS is routinely used by a registered member of NHS Trust staff (the delegated authority and batch trace user) for checking NHS numbers and other patient details. This Instruction Manual has been produced by SchlumbergerSema to describe how to use the NSTS for the purpose of checking for deceased patients, prior to mailing questionnaires. Registered batch trace users are advised to follow these instructions carefully, to ensure that the file they submit conforms to the file specification required by SchlumbergerSema, in order to avoid any delays in processing. This document gives full details of the data items which should be included in a ‘Patient Survey file' and the file format specification. It gives step-by-step instructions on how to create the file for submission to the NSTS. It also explains how to read the file which is returned from SchlumbergerSema. This document should be read in conjunction with the guidance manual for conducting a patient survey within the NHS Patient Survey Programme. The survey guidance manual has been produced by the Survey Advice Centre and is available from the www.nhssurveys.org website.  
Category:Guidance Notes - SchlumbergerSema 
Location:England 
Trust Type:Community 
Survey Type:Adult Inpatient 
Author:Hugh Nelson 
Publisher:SchlumbergerSema 
Version:
Date Created:April 2002 
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