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.