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Data Provision Notices (DPNs)

We issue a Data Provision Notice each time we use our statutory power under sections 259(1)(a) and 259(1)(b) of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

When we receive a Direction or Request to collect information, we issue a Data Provision Notice to the appropriate providers of the specified data. The Data Provision Notice provides details of the data collection including:

  • purpose
  • scope
  • form, manner and frequency
  • what we are allowed to do with the data (publish, disseminate for example)
  • burden/costs.

A list of our current Data Provision Notices can be found below. Note that the ones relevant to COVID-19 data collections are at the top of the list.

Further information

Read the Act, or the specific detail relating to Section 259.

Questions about Data Provision Notices may be sent by email to our Data Standards Assurance Service: standards.assurance@nhs.net

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Cancer Pathways Analysis

Data Provision Notice to provide NHS Digital with cancer data from the Public Health England (PHE) controlled Cancer Registrations, Radiotherapy, Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy and Rapid Cancer Registrations data sets.

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COVID Oximetry @home

Data Provision Notice to require submission to NHS Digital of data from providers participating in the COVID Oximetry @home programme, to support management information requirements and evaluation of the programme.

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COVID-19 Situation Reports

Data Provision Notice to require the submission of activity data from NHS organisations to support planning and coordination of resources and services to support the COVID-19 response.

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COVID-19 Unpaid Carers Data

Data Provision Notices to provide NHS Digital with information about unpaid carers from the Department for Work and Pensions and Local Authorities, to assist with the identification of those members of the public who may be eligible for priority COVID-19 vaccinations.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Data

Data Provision Notice to allow NHS Digital to act as joint data controller, with NHS England, in respect of COVID-19 vaccination status and vaccination adverse reaction data, submitted through the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

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National Vascular Registry

Data Provision Notice to require the submission of data, for COVID-19 purposes, from the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) relating to audit data collected by the Royal College of Surgeons through the National Vascular Registry (NVR).

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Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) Data Set

Data Provision Notice to require the submission of data from the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) relating to the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme managed by King's College London on behalf of HQIP.

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SGSS and CHESS data

Data Provision Notice to require the submission of data from Public Health England relating to COVID-19 testing, surveillance and hospitalisation, from the SGSS and CHESS systems.

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Shielded Patient List - Cancer and Rare Diseases Data

Data Provision Notice to require the submission of cancer and rare diseases data from Public Health England to help improve the identification of patients who should be added to the Shielded Patient List

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Adult Social Care Data Collections

Data Provision Notice to require the submission of data from councils with adult social services responsibilities (CASSRs) to enable key aspects of the provision of adult social care to be assessed, at both national and local levels. 

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Adult social care data Data Provision Notice

The Department of Health and Social Care has provided a Direction to NHS Digital to establish and operate a pilot 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.

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Ambulance Systems Indicators (AmbSYS) Data Provision Notice

Ambulance Systems Indicators (AmbSYS) identify pressures in the urgent and emergency care system and provide early warning of areas where patient care may not meet requirements. Ambulance Systems Indicators (AmbSYS) together with the Ambulance Clinical Outcomes (AmbCO) forms the Ambulance Quality Indicators (AQI) monthly publication.

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Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry for Northern Ireland

Data Provision Notice to provide NHS Digital with data relating to breast implant procedures completed by both NHS and private healthcare providers in Northern Ireland, to include in the Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry.

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Cancer Patient Tracking List (PTL)

Data Provision Notice to require the submission of data from all acute trusts providing elective cancer services so that conformance to the cancer 62-day standard can be monitored.

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GPES Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Audit

Data Provision Notice to require the submission of general practice data in connection with the national Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Audit (CVDPREVENT Audit).

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Community Services Data Set Data Provision Notice

Data Provision Notice to require the submission of data from providers of publicly-funded community health services, in relation to person-centred information for people who are in contact with those services.

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Dementia assessment and referral return Data Provision Notice

This data collection reports on the number and proportion of patients aged 75 and over admitted as an emergency for more than 72 hours in England who have been identified as potentially having dementia, having been appropriately assessed and referred on to specialist services.

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Dementia Data Provision Notice

Data Provision Notice for the collection of aggregated numbers of patients in England with a record of dementia diagnosis on their clinical record for General Practices in England.

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DM01: Monthly Diagnostics Waiting Times and Activity Data Provision Notice

The monthly diagnostics waiting times and activity diagnostics collection is the primary source for diagnostics waiting times and activity for 15 key diagnostics tests. It is used to measure performance against the operational standard, that less than 1% of patients should wait 6 weeks or more for a diagnostics test.

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Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS) Data Provision Notice

Data Provision Notice for the Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS). ECDS allows NHS Digital to provide information to support the care provided in emergency departments by including the data items needed to understand capacity and demand and help improve patient care. 

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Estates Return Information Collection (ERIC) Data Provision Notice

The aim of the Estates Return Information Collection (ERIC) is to provide accountability to Parliament, the Government, and the public on NHS estates expenditure. The NHS spends approximately £9 billion to provide, maintain and service the physical NHS estate which supports the delivery of healthcare.

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Friends and family test accident and emergency Data Provision Notice

The Family and Friends Test (FFT) aims to help improve patient experience in line with the Government's vision set out in the White Paper 'Equity and Excellence'. "FFT provides a simple, headline metric which, when combined with follow-up questions, can be used to drive cultural change and continuous improvement.

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Friends and family test ambulance Data Provision Notice

Providers of NHS funded ambulance and patient transport services have been required to make the opportunity to provide feedback through the FFT available to their patients since 1 April 2015 and submit data to NHS England each month.

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Friends and family test inpatient Data Provision Notice

Providers of NHS funded inpatient services have been required to make the opportunity to provide feedback through the friends and family test available to their patients since 1 April 2015 and submit data each month.

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Friends and family test maternity Data Provision Notice

Providers of NHS funded maternity services have been required to make the opportunity to provide feedback through the friends and family test available to their patients since 1 October 2013 and submit data each month.

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Friends and family test outpatient Data Provision Notice

Providers of NHS funded outpatient services have been required to make the opportunity to provide feedback through the friends and family test available to their patients since 1 April 2015 and submit data each month.

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GP workload tool Data Provision Notice

Read the Data Provision Notice for the GP workload tool. This includes the purpose, the benefits, the legal basis and the scope of the collection. It also contains background information.

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GPES: Learning Disabilities Data

Data Provision Notice to require the submission of general practice data to support the production of a range of primary care indicators covering the quality of care for people with learning disabilities

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Junior doctors (rota notification for junior doctors in training) Data Provision Notice

This collection aims to collect information about when junior doctors in training receive notification of their rotas. NHS Improvement will use this data to work in collaboration with trusts to identify and resolve any problems with the notification process. The data will be shared as appropriate with relevant organisations involved with this workforce issue.

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Maternity Services Data Set Data Provision Notice

NHS Digital has been directed by NHS England under section 254 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012; to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS).

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Mental Health Community Teams Activity Return (MHPrvCom)

The quarterly Mental Health Community Teams Activity Return (MHPrvCom) collection is used to collect data on the number of patients on Care Programme Approach (CPA) followed up within 7 days of discharge from psychiatric inpatient care, and the number of inpatient admissions gate kept by Crisis Resolution Home Treatment (CRHT) teams.

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National Audit of Pulmonary Hypertension for Scotland

Data Provision Notice to provide NHS Digital with data relating to pulmonary hypertension service activity undertaken in Scotland. This forms part of the National Audit of Pulmonary Hypertension (NAPH) which operates across Great Britain. 

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National diabetes audit (core audit) Data Provision Notice

Data Provision Notice for National diabetes audit (core audit). The main national diabetes audit known as the core audit collects information from GP practices and specialist services to look at if people with diabetes are receiving their annual care checks and are achieving their treatment targets along with if they have been offered structured education.

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National Paediatric Diabetes Audit

Data Provision Notice to request the submission of data from the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit, to allow the monitoring of the transition of young people to adult diabetes services. 

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National wheelchair data collection Data Provision Notice

This collection aims to provide a national view of the wheelchair service by collecting information on the volume, expenditure, access to, and patient experience about wheelchair services to enable transparency and benchmarking. It aims to embed a culture of performance improvement and enable benchmark comparison of provider services.

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NHS 111 First Situation Report

Data Provision Notice to require submission to NHS Digital of data from NHS 111 providers in order to assess the effectiveness of the NHS 111 First service.

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NHSBSA Medicines Data Provision Notice

Data Provision Notice for NHSBSA Medicines Data, supporting the Medicines Data programme to provide good quality data about all prescriptions dispensed or supplied in the community.

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Nurse Staffing Fill Rate (NStf_Fil) Data Provision Notice

This data collection aims to monitor, at a ward level, the extent to which rota hours are being filled by registered nurses and midwives and unregistered care staff; and to monitor for acute trusts the care hours per patient day. Its key purpose is to gain re-assurance that wards are being safely staffed.

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Prevent Data Provision Notice

Data Provision Notice to show how NHS providers are delivering the Prevent duty. This data is collected from NHS trusts and foundation trusts in the Home Office priority areas.

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Quarterly child immunisation v2 (ChildIM2) Data Provision Notice

The quarterly child immunisation v2 (ChildIM2)collection is an interim collection until the Children and Young People's Health Services (CYPHS) data set (being renamed the Community Services Data Set, CSDS) is able to report on childhood immunisations.

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Activity Data (SRHAD) Data Provision Notice

Data Provision Notice to support the Government's sexual health strategy objective to reduce unintended pregnancies. Monitoring of activity at Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) level enables commissioners to understand which of their population groups are accessing sexual and reproductive health services and the services they are receiving. 

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Surgical Devices and Implants Data Collection

Data Provision Notice to provide NHS Digital with data to support the initial discovery and piloting of the national reporting of surgical devices and implants in health care settings. 

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Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Risk Assessment Data Provision Notice

This data collection aims to to review the numbers and proportion of adult hospital admissions aged 18 and over who are being risk assessed for Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) to allow for the administering of appropriate prophylaxis based on national guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).