Specialised Services Quality Dashboard: Indicators submitted by CRANE

Indicators submitted by CRANE: For quarterly Specialised Services Quality (SSQ) Dashboard data submissions

This page summarises information about the data provided by CRANE to Methods, on behalf of cleft teams, for quarterly SSQ Dashboard data submissions.

Upcoming deadlines for data submission to CRANE, for the 2021/22 SSQ Dashboards, are as follows:

  • Friday 20 August 2021 (for Q1 2021/22)
  • Friday 26 November 2021 (for Q2 2021/22)
  • Friday 25 February 2022 (for Q3 2021/22)
  • Friday 27 May 2022 (for Q4 2021/22)

Below we provide downloadable summaries for each indicator. These specify key information such as the cases that contribute to the numerator and denominator, inclusion and exclusion criteria, and the CRANE data fields used to report data for each indicator.

CRANE currently provides data to Methods for the following six indicators:

Indicator Description Indicator Summary


Percentage of children diagnosed with a cleft lip and/or palate who have records on CRANE

Only numerator provided by CRANE

Download CLP00 Summary Sheet



Percentage of parents contacted by a cleft team Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) within 24 hrs of referral with an antenatal diagnosis of cleft lip and/or palate

Download CLP01 Summary Sheet



Percentage of parents, of infants diagnosed of cleft lip and/or palate, who receive a visit from a cleft team CNS within 24 hrs of first referral (following birth)

Download CLP02 Summary Sheet



Percentage of all 5 year old children (from 5 years of age and under 6 years of age) born with cleft palate involvement, born in the designated year, and who have had their hearing assessed during that year

Only denominator provided by CRANE

Download CLP05 Summary Sheet



Percentage of 5 year old children (from 5 years of age and under 6 years of age) with cleft lip and/or palate, born in the designated year, who have had a treatment index recorded by a calibrated paediatric dentist (decayed, missing and filled teeth (dmft) scores)

Download CLP06 Summary Sheet



Percentage of five year old children (from 5 years of age and under 6 years of age), born in the two designated years, with complete UCLP who have good maxillary growth as determined by the 5 Year Growth Index

Download CLP09 Summary Sheet

SSQ Dashboard submissions are only made by cleft teams in England and Wales. CRANE therefore excludes Northern Ireland registrations from reporting.

All other indicator data is provided directly by cleft teams to Methods, any concerns need to be raised directly with them at support.qsis@methods.co.uk

For guidance from NHS England about these indicators, please view the information for the ‘Cleft Lip and or Palate Services including Non-cleft Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (VPD) (All Ages)’ on the Specialised Services Quality Dashboards web page.

For more information on the CRANE team’s involvement in providing these metrics to Methods, please refer to our Annual Reports.

If you have any additional queries about this, please contact us.