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Information about how NHS Digital collects and uses ethnicity data. NHS Digital collects information on ethnicity in areas covering births, general practice and secondary uses.
Ethnic category is recorded in general practice systems. We access this information through our general practice collections.
NHS Digital collects ethnic category using the values set by the Office for National Statistics as per the 2001 census. The values are documented in the NHS Data Model and Dictionary. We use this information in our statistical and management information reporting including:
NHS Digital maintains an ethnic category information asset that combines data from general practice and hospital episode statistics (HES). Combining these sources increases coverage, with the first iteration increasing this from 66% to 88%. The information asset will be used for approved purposes including dissemination to the NHS England flu national call/recall service.
NHS Digital has published information on ethnicity in health and care: