The KH03 is a quarterly collection from all NHS organizations that operate beds, open overnight or day only. It collects the total number of available bed days and the total number of occupied bed days by consultant main specialty. The new quarterly KH03 collects bed occupancy data, for levels of care other than critical care (excludes Clinical Care Intensity for General Patients code 11 for intensive therapy, including high dependency care), by consultant main specialty. It covers beds open overnight and day only, but not residential care beds.
Bed availability data is not required by consultant specialty on the return as some beds may be available for more than one specialty to use, depending on need. Instead, there is one available figure for each group where beds can be used flexibly. Bed availability is required for the sectors general and acute, mental illness, learning disabilities and maternity. The occupied bed days will be added to calculate occupancy rates for each of these sectors. It will be possible to analyze the data to show changes in how beds are utilized by each of the consultant specialties within the sectors. As bed availability data is only collected at the sector level, occupancy rates will only be available at the sector level.