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Establishment of information systems for NHS Services: data services for commissioners Directions 2015

Directions given by NHS England requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate systems for the collection and analysis of local commissioning data, clinical registry data and historic Primary Care Trust (PCT) data to deliver data services for commissioners.


Commissioners of healthcare services need to plan and commission healthcare services in their local area through analysis of actual and projected use of services. As commissioners do not provide direct patient care, they have no legal basis for accessing personal confidential patient information. Therefore, commissioners require an intermediary service that specialises in processing, analysing and packaging patient information into a format they can legally use. This intermediary service is provided by the data services for commissioners programme.

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Last edited: 7 July 2020 11:20 am