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Secretary of State Directions

Section 254 of the Health and Social Care Act enables the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to direct the HSCIC (now known as NHS Digital) on matters concerning the provision of health services or adult social care in England. The Secretary of State can instruct NHS Digital to:

•    Put in place systems to collect and analyse information.
•    Develop or operate information or communication systems.

100,000 Genomes project Direction 2016

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate an informatics support service for the 100,000 genomes project.

Annual accounts Directions 2014

Directions given by the Secretary of State requiring the Health and Social Care Information Centre, now known as NHS Digital, to prepare accounts for the financial year ended 31 March 2014 and subsequent financial years.

Breast and cosmetic implant registry direction 2016

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate the breast and cosmetic implant registry.

Collection of client level adult social care data Direction 2017

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of client level adult social care data from certain local authorities to support local health and care systems by providing a holistic view of how services are used.

Collection of Out of Area Placements (OAPS) for adults in actute mental health inpatient services Direction 2016

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate an informatics support service for the collection of information about Out of Area Placements (OAPS) for adults in mental health inpatient services.

Collection of Out of Area Placements (OAPS) for adults in actute mental health inpatient services Direction (extension) 2017

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to continue to operate an informatics support service for the collection of information about out of area placements (OAPs) for adults in acute mental health inpatient services from November 2017 to March 2018.

Community services data set Directions 2017

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate an informatics system for the collection and analysis of community health services data.

Electronic Prescription Service, Health and Social Care Network, NHS Choices, N3, NHS e-Referral Service, Secondary Uses Service, Spine 2 (Named Programmes) Directions 2016

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate informatics systems for the collection or analysis of information, and to exercise systems delivery functions in respect of the Electronic Prescription Service, the Health and Social Care Network, NHS Choices, N3, the NHS E-Referral Service, the Secondary Uses Service and Spine 2.

Emergency care data set (pilot) Direction 2016

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate an informatics system for the collection of emergency care data.

Employment advisers in IAPT Direction 2017

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate an informatics system for the collection and analysis of work data to support patient care and the evaluation of the initiative Employment Advisers in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).

GP metrics Direction 2016

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of individual GP data.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Directions 2015

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of information to be known as the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) information system.

Female Genital Mutilation Risk Indication System (FGM RIS) Directions 2015

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate the Female Genital Mutilation Risk Indication System (FGM RIS).

HSCN Services Direction 2017

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate such systems for the collection and analysis of data, and to exercise a system delivery function for use within the sector by health care providers whose data will traverse the network.

Immigration health charge Directions 2015

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection to be known as the immigration health charge information system.

Learning disabilities census Directions 2014

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate the learning disabilities census; and to exercise the system delivery functions described in the direction.

Local stop smoking services dataset Direction 2017

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate an informatics system for the collection of data from local stop smoking services.

National pandemic flu service digital services Direction 2015

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate such systems for the collection and analysis of information as are necessary to deliver the National Pandemic Flu Service Digital Services; and to exercise such systems delivery functions of the Secretary of State as are necessary to deliver the national pandemic Flu service digital services.

Patient objections Directions 2015

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of patient objections information, and to exercise such systems delivery functions of the Secretary of State as are expedient for NHS Digital to carry out the functions for the patient objections information system.

Patient objections (type 2) Directions 2016

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system to process and uphold Type 2 objections, and to analyse how Type 2 objections may affect the data released by NHS Digital, to support recipient organisations to understand how the application of Type 2 objections may affect their own analysis, research findings and performance measurement.

Sexual and reproductive health activity dataset Direction 2017

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate an informatics system for the collection and analysis of sexual and reproductive health data.

Spine services (no 2) 2014 Direction

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate such systems for the collection and analysis of information as are necessary for it to deliver the Spine services, and to exercise such systems delivery functions of the Secretary of State as are necessary for it to deliver the Spine services.

Statements of fitness for work Directions 2015

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate an information system known as Statement of Fitness for Work Information System.

Systems delivery functions for NHS Choices and additional systems delivery functions for NHS Choices Directions 2013

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to develop or operate NHS Choices on-line services information or communications systems.

Weekly ICU/HDU Flu Collection (UK Severe Influenza Surveillance System) Direction 2017

A Direction issued by Public Health England on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection of the Weekly ICU/HDU Flu Collection (UK Severe Influenza Surveillance System).

The migration and continued operation of the Unify2 collections through the Strategic Data Collections Service Direction 2017

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish the migration of the Unify2 collections listed in Annex A onto NHS Digital's Strategic Data Collections Service (SDCS) and continue the operation of these collections through this service.

Cost recovery collection, processing and dissemination of non-EEA, EEA and UK patient level data Directions 2017

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and or analysis of additional data to support chargeable status decisions to be made for any NHS patient, including NHS patients receiving NHS funded services provided by non NHS providers of NHS funded care, and secondary and community care delivered outside a hospital setting.

Medication safety data collection and analysis Direction 2017

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection of patient identifiable primary care prescribing and dispensing data from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) for the purposes of analysis and linkage to Hospital Episode Statistical data (HES).

National data opt out Direction 2017

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of information, and to exercise such systems delivering functions, in respect of the new national opt-out model.

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