Secretary of State Directions

Section 254 of the Health and Social Care Act enables the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to direct the HSCIC (now known as NHS Digital) on matters concerning the provision of health services or adult social care in England. The Secretary of State can instruct NHS Digital to:

•    Put in place systems to collect and analyse information.
•    Develop or operate information or communication systems.

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100,000 Genomes project Direction 2016

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate an informatics support service for the 100,000 genomes project.

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Annual accounts Directions 2014

Directions given by the Secretary of State requiring the Health and Social Care Information Centre, now known as NHS Digital, to prepare accounts for the financial year ended 31 March 2014 and subsequent financial years.

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Collection of client level adult social care data Direction 2017

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of client level adult social care data from certain local authorities to support local health and care systems by providing a holistic view of how services are used.

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Community services data set Directions 2017

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate an informatics system for the collection and analysis of community health services data.

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Electronic Prescription Service, Health and Social Care Network, NHS Choices, N3, NHS e-Referral Service, Secondary Uses Service, Spine 2 (Named Programmes) Directions 2016

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate informatics systems for the collection or analysis of information, and to exercise systems delivery functions in respect of the Electronic Prescription Service, the Health and Social Care Network, NHS Choices, N3, the NHS E-Referral Service, the Secondary Uses Service and Spine 2.

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Employment advisers in IAPT Direction 2017

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate an informatics system for the collection and analysis of work data to support patient care and the evaluation of the initiative Employment Advisers in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Directions 2015

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of information to be known as the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) information system.

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GP Level Data Direction 2018

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of individual GP level data.

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GP metrics Direction 2016

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of individual GP data.

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HSCN Services Direction 2017

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate such systems for the collection and analysis of data, and to exercise a system delivery function for use within the sector by health care providers whose data will traverse the network.

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Immigration health charge Directions 2015

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection to be known as the immigration health charge information system.

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Learning disabilities census Directions 2014

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate the learning disabilities census; and to exercise the system delivery functions described in the direction.

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Medication safety data collection and analysis Direction 2017

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection of patient identifiable primary care prescribing and dispensing data from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) for the purposes of analysis and linkage to Hospital Episode Statistical data (HES).

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National data opt out Direction 2017

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of information, and to exercise such systems delivering functions, in respect of the new national opt-out model.

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National data opt-out Direction 2018

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of information, and to exercise such systems delivering functions, in respect of the new national opt-out model.

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Patient objections Directions 2015

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of patient objections information, and to exercise such systems delivery functions of the Secretary of State as are expedient for NHS Digital to carry out the functions for the patient objections information system.

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Spine services (no 2) 2014 Direction

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate such systems for the collection and analysis of information as are necessary for it to deliver the Spine services, and to exercise such systems delivery functions of the Secretary of State as are necessary for it to deliver the Spine services.

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Statements of fitness for work Directions 2015

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate an information system known as Statement of Fitness for Work Information System.

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Surplus land data collection Direction 2018

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of information related to NHS surplus land.