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Data content and new data collections

We are developing how data is used and transforming data collections, to reduce burden on care providers, for better and faster analysis.

Limiting duplication and burden

There are currently multiple collections of similar health and social care data, by NHS Digital, NHS England, the Department of Health, the Care Quality Commission and NHS Improvement.

These collections are often based on the same source information, but have many different formats and frequencies. This can lead to a duplication of data and effort. The different formats make linking data sets hard. There is also a significant burden on providers and suppliers to extract, collate, check and submit data.

We will limit duplication by reducing overlap in data requests and cutting the number of returns that providers need to submit. This will cut costs for providers and suppliers. We are also working to reduce the frequency and the turnaround times for the aggregated data that NHS Digital produces for providers.  

Data flows

We are also developing new data flows that meet the current and future needs for commissioners, providers, public health and for research and policy development.

These data flows have been identified and prioritised for the value they will offer to the planning and transformation of the NHS.

The new data flows are:

•    Community Services Data Set (CSDS)
•    Patient Level Information Costing System (PLICS)
•    Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS)

Better data collection

We are looking at better ways in the longer term to collect data that fits with work being done on interoperability, research and building public trust.

There will be a requirement for data to flow at a greater frequency, with near-real-time flows where this would have the most impact.

This will allow the best possible use to be made of data collections for analysis, research and innovation.

Last edited: 16 April 2018 12:47 pm