Information security and standards
We offer guidance and support for standards that allow organisations to handle health and care data safely and securely.
How we look after information
We take our responsibility for looking after care information very seriously. We follow legal rules, guidance and practices known as Information Governance for our data collections and IT Infrastructure Systems.
Read more about how NHS Digital makes sure your information is safe.
An information standard is defined in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 as: "a document containing standards that relate to the processing of information". Care organisations need to follow them, or have a good defence for why not.
Visit the current directory of standards and collections.
National standards for recording and categorising information to support care delivery, statistical analysis, research and the reimbursement of health and care providers.
NHS Data Model and Dictionary Service
The NHS Data Model and Dictionary develops, maintains and supports NHS data standards.
The development, assurance and approval of information standards, data collections and data extractions (ISCE).