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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


This annual collection is the subject of a direction from NHS England to collect data about learning disabilities in general practice. The data will be used for the benchmarking and quality improvement of primary care provision to people with learning disabilities.

This updated Notice reflects the scope being widened to include numbers of people identified by their GP as autistic or as having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and numbers currently prescribed one of a range of psychotropic drugs.

This updated Notice supersedes Notices published in April 2016, June 2018 and August 2020.

Data is extracted by NHS Digital's General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) on an annual basis for publication at the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) level.


This Notice is served on:

  • General Practices in England whose system suppliers are in scope of this data collection:
    • EMIS
    • Cegedim.


This is an existing annual data collection via GPES which NHS Digital has been collecting since April 2016.

In financial year 2020-21, GPES would usually collect data for financial year 2019-20.  However, due to the changes in indicators GPES collected data for 2015-16 / 2016-17 / 2017-18 / 2018-19 / 2019-20. This is because the publication uses a time series and NHS Digital needed to provide the comparative data to NHS England and NHS Improvement.

The collection will continue on an annual basis.

Legal basis for the collection of data

Read the Data Provision Notice and supporting Business Rules

Last edited: 26 July 2022 1:54 pm