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Acute Data Alignment Programme (ADAPt) Discovery

Data Provision Notice to request the submission of data from the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) to support the Acute Data Alignment Programme (ADAPt).


The Department of Health and Social Care has directed NHS Digital to pilot the collection and analysis of private healthcare data from the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN), in connection with the Acute Data Alignment Programme (ADAPt).

ADAPt, a joint initiative between NHS Digital and PHIN, is exploring how data collected by PHIN from UK private healthcare providers could be aligned to NHS data standards and integrated into relevant NHS quality and safety reporting systems.

NHS Digital will undertake data linkage, including to NHS funded activity data and mortality data, and analysis to assess:

  • whether there are service delivery and patient care benefits in combining NHS and private healthcare data;
  • whether such collection could support a reduction in the reporting burden on NHS and private providers;
  • the feasibility of such information to meet a variety of other use cases, for example, derivation of performance metrics, the requirements of healthcare regulators and supporting authorised research.

This pilot data collection will:

  • establish whether key stakeholder scenarios could be met if private healthcare data was routinely collected and processed by NHS Digital and made available to customers via the Data Access Request Service (DARS)
  • help inform the future strategic direction of private healthcare information flows.

The Data Provision Notice, below, sets out our legal obligations in respect of data collection, analysis, dissemination and publication. 


This Notice is served on:

  • the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN)

Legal basis


  • The collection will commence after 1 June 2021 and cease by 31 March 2022.

Read the Data Provision Notice and supporting documents

Last edited: 23 November 2021 12:46 pm