New Supplementary Reporting Forms from 1 April 2019

A key piece of work the NCMD team have been focused on during the first year of the project has been to develop and update the old supplementary B forms. You may remember these were the case specific forms relating to types of death such as road traffic collisions, which asked a more detailed set of questions specific to that type of death. It is very important that everyone begins to use these forms to collect data from 1st April 2019. If you are an eCDOP user, the new updated version of eCDOP will include all the supplementary reporting forms so you can begin to use them straightaway and providing a response to the supplementary questions relating to the type of death will be mandatory (with the option to specify if not known). If you are not an eCDOP user, the forms will be available to download from the Department of Health website shortly, or accessible to view and input on NCMD after the launch date. We will send you a link when they have been published so you can download them for use.

The supplementary reporting forms cover the following areas:

  • Acute epilepsy
  • Asthma and anaphylaxis
  • Cardiac: congenital or acquired
  • Care Pathway
  • Chromosomal, genetic or congenital anomaly (excluding cardiac conditions)
  • Death of a child with a life-limiting condition
  • Death of a child with an oncology condition
  • Deaths on a neonatal unit
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Infection
  • Sudden unexpected deaths
  • Suicide or self-harm (including alcohol or substance abuse)
  • Trauma or external factors – further sub-divided into the following categories:
    • Death as a result of fire / burns or electrocution
    • Death as a result of injuries sustained from a falling object
    • Drowning
    • Falls
    • Poisoning
    • Vehicle collisions
  • Violent or maltreatment related deaths

One of the new supplementary reporting forms is called the Care Pathway Supplementary Reporting Form. The evolution of this form came about from revising the other supplementary reporting forms. During that process, it became apparent that there were a number of questions that would need to be asked of every child death, regardless of what the child died from. These questions relate to the care pathway that the child followed in relation to the final events leading to their death and should be completed for every child, except those that die on a neonatal unit or delivery suite. The care pathway questions are split into 6 stages and you will need to decide which ones apply to each individual death and then contact the relevant agency to ask them to complete the questions.