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Mandatory Requests from NHS Improvement

 (now Directions from NHS England)

1 February 2023 update - The statutory functions of NHS Digital transferred to NHS England under the Health and Social Care Information Centre (Transfer of Functions, Abolition and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2023 (Transfer Regulations) with effect from 1st February 2023 (Transfer Date).

Under the Transfer Regulations, all directions by either the Secretary of State or NHS England to NHS Digital are now treated as directions made by the Secretary of State to NHS England except for system delivery directions issued by NHS England to NHS Digital, which come to an end.

Where NHS Digital was required to or previously accepted a request under section 255 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (2012 Act) to establish and operate an information system, that request is regarded under the Transfer Regulations as a request made to and accepted by NHS England.

From the Transfer Date, a number of directions made under section 254 of the 2012 Act have been varied in relation to their publication provisions to ensure that publication of information by NHS England may continue (where appropriate) where directions previously imposed a restriction on publication on NHS Digital. These directions are amended by the NHS England De-Identified Data Analytics and Publication Directions 2023.

All directions made or requests accepted by NHS England after the Transfer Date will continue to be published here.

5 July 2022 update - In accordance with the Health and Care Act 2022 and the Health and Care Act 2022 (Commencement No. 2 and Transitional and Saving Provision) Regulations 2022, as of 1 July 2022 Monitor (NHS Improvement) is abolished, and all mandatory requests from Monitor (NHS Improvement) are to be treated as a direction by NHS England to NHS Digital under section 254 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

This page will continue to show active mandatory requests from NHS Improvement. All future requests once approved by NHS Digital will be listed as NHS England directions.

Section 255 of the Health and Social Care Act enables Monitor (NHS Improvement) to make a request to NHS Digital on matters concerning the provision of health care or adult social care.  NHS Improvement can request that NHS Digital puts in place systems to collect and analyse care.

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Mandatory Request estates and facilities data collection 2017

Mandatory Request from NHS Improvement (Monitor) for the collection and analysis of information related to the NHS Estates and facilities management Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE).


Mandatory Request - Patient Level Costing Information Systems (PLICS) continued implementation (Acute) 2018

A Mandatory Request from NHS Improvement requesting that NHS Digital continues to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of Patient Level Costing Information Systems (PLICS) data from Acute trusts.


Mandatory request spend comparison scheme

A mandatory request from NHS Improvement to NHS Digital  to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of provider purchase order and invoice data required to provide the Spend Comparison Scheme. 


Mandatory Request to NHS Digital; estates and facilities data collection

Mandatory request for the collection and analysis of information related to the NHS Estates and Facilities Management, in particular the Estates Return Information Collection (ERIC), on behalf of NHS Improvement's estates and facilities management team.


Mandatory Request to NHS Digital - collection and analysis of PLICS IAPT data from Trusts

A Mandatory Request from NHS Improvement requesting that NHS Digital establishes and operates a system for the collection and analysis of Patient Level Costing Information Systems (PLICS) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) data from Trusts.


Mandatory Request to NHS Digital – Patient Level Costing Information Systems (PLICS) mental health continued implementation

A further Mandatory Request from NHS Improvement (Monitor) requesting that NHS Digital establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS) data from mental health providers.


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National Clinical Improvement Programme (NCIP) theatre data set discovery programme

Download the mandatory request for the National Clinical Improvement Programme (NCIP) theatre data set requirements specification and find out about the purpose and legal basis.


NHS Improvement’s Mandatory Request to NHS Digital – Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS) ambulance, PLICS mental health and PLICS Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) for financial year 2019/2020 data

A Mandatory Request from NHS Improvement requesting that NHS Digital continues to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of Patient Level Costing Information Systems (PLICS) data from ambulance, mental health and IAPT providers.


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Patient Level Costing Information Systems (PLICS) continued implementation (Acute) 2020

Updated Annex A and B relating to the Mandatory Request from NHS Improvement requesting that NHS Digital continues to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of PLICS data.


Patient Level Costing Information Systems Data - Mental Health Trusts (Pilot) 2017

A further Mandatory Request from NHS Improvement (Monitor) requesting that NHS Digital continues to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of Patient Level Costing Information Systems (PLICS) data.


Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS) Ambulance Mandatory request

A Mandatory Request from NHS Improvement (Monitor) requesting that NHS Digital establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS) data, from up to 7 Ambulance providers.


Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS) early implementers collection for community health services and for acute services for trusts not mandated for PLICS for the financial year 2020/21 data Mandatory request

Mandatory request from NHS Improvement requesting that NHS Digital establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS)  early implementers collection for community health services and for acute services for trusts not mandated for PLICS for financial year 2020/21 data. 


Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS) Mandatory Collections continued implementation Mandatory Request Information System

A further Mandatory Request from NHS Improvement requesting that NHS Digital establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS) data.