Collecting and Reporting Mortality Statistics for Covid-19

Date: Wednesday 20 May 2020, 12.00PM
Section Group Meeting

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The webinar is full and so no more registrations are being accepted  However you are still welcome to submit questions, and to access the webinar material on the HSUG web site – see information on how to do this below.

This is the first in a series of webinars organised jointly by Health Statistics User Group (HSUG) and the RSS Official Statistics Section on topics relating to Covid-19.   The focus of these webinars is on sharing experiences and discussing approaches to the methods being used to produce the statistics for each of these topics in the four nations of the UK.

Prior to the Webinar
Speakers will provide background information in advance of the webinar, which will be posted on the HSUG web pages within StatsUserNet  - see
It should be noted that, in order to view this information, participants need to register as users of the StatsUserNet web site and then go to the Health Statistics User Group category within StatsUserNet.
Participants are encouraged to read the background information prior to the webinar, and are also invited to send questions in advance to
Follow Up After the Webinar
The presentations will be available on the HSUG website after the event.
There is unlikely to be sufficient time to cover all questions during the webinar Q&A, or to respond in full to the questions that are posed.  All the questions, and full responses, will therefore be posted on the HSUG webpages after the event.  This will allow them to be viewed by people who were not able to attend the webinar, and well as by the participants.  They will also be shared with the producers, so that they can form part of an FAQ section to accompany the statistics that are produced.



Objectives of the webinar on 20th May
The webinar will provide an opportunity for:

  1. People involved in producing mortality statistics relating to Covid-19 to share their experiences and exchange ideas
  2. People using the mortality statistics to pose questions and make comments.  This will help with their understanding and use of these statistics.
  3. Members of the audience to contribute insights to the analysis and interpretation based on work they are doing.
  4. People producing the statistics to gain an understanding of the queries and comments that users have regarding their statistics, which will be helpful in improving the explanations that are provided with the statistics
The intended audience is people whose work involves producing and/or using mortality data/statistics/information relating to Covid-19 in the UK.

There will be speakers from ONS (Office for National Statistics), PHE (Public Health England), PHS (Public Health Scotland), NRS (National Records of Scotland), and Welsh Government and NHS Wales Informatics Service.  Topics covered in the presentations will include:
  • Special data collection for Covid-19
  • Data obtained from death registrations
  • Issues regarding recording deaths from Covid-19
  • Excess Mortality – and issues in relation to interpreting this

Organised by RSS Official Statistics Section

in collaboration with the Health Statistics User Group