Venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk assessment


The number and proportion of admitted patients aged 16 and over in England who have been risk assessed for VTE.

The VTE data collection and publication is currently suspended to release capacity in providers and commissioners to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. This was communicated via this letter on 28th March 2020.

NHS providers are required to collect data on VTE risk assessments each month, however, you only need to submit the data quarterly, at the end of each quarter. 

The data collection asks for the following: 

  • the number of patients aged 16 and over admitted in the month, who have been risk assessed for VTE on admission to hospital using the criteria in a National VTE risk assessment tool
  • the total number of patients aged 16 and over admitted in the month
  • the percentage of patients aged 16 and over, admitted within the month assessed for risk of VTE on admission

From April 2017 NHS Improvement became responsible for publishing the official statistics for VTE. 

Guidance for VTE data collection

Nationally-mandated quality requirements, with associated financial consequences, were introduced in relation to VTE assessment (previously a national CQUIN indicator) in the 2014/15 NHS Standard Contract.  Follow these links for technical guidance:

This section of the Statistics Code of Practice contains details of the data revisions policy. 

Publications calendar

Data period Deadline date Publication date
Q1 2019/20 26 July 2019 4 September 2019
Q2 2019/20 25 October 2019 4 December 2019
Q3 2019/20 31 January 2020 3 March 2020
Q4 2019/20 24 April 2020 4 June 2020

Data publications

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