We issue a Data Provision Notice each time we use our statutory power under Section 259(1) of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (the Act).
When NHS Digital receives such a direction to collect information, we issue a Data Provision Notice to the appropriate providers of the required data. The Data Provision Notice provides details of the data collection including the purpose, benefits, how we intend to collect the information, form, manner, frequency and from which organisations. We also include any information governance, legal basis or burden* considerations.
*Burden is the inefficiency found in the systems and processes used to establish, run, and decommission a data collection.
Data Provision Notice procedure
In addition to publishing the Data Provision Notice, we seek to inform organisations who are within scope of the notice to provide data. Depending on the remit and method of data collection, organisations may need to take local action in order to comply with the Data Provision Notice for example for GP Collections, practices will need to accept an offer to participate in the collection via the Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS).
NHS Digital may choose to exercise its powers under Section 259 of the Act to require and request the provision of information.
Data Provision Notice register
We also produce a register of Data Provision Notices which is updated every time a Data Provision Notice is issued or withdrawn.
Withdrawn Data Provision Notices
A list of Data Provision Notices that have been withdrawn as a result of a data collection being retired, the DPN is no longer required, or the DPN has been superseded.
Organisations in scope of the notice are legally required under Section 259 (5) of the Act to provide the data set as specified by NHS Digital, in the published Data Provision Notice.