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Data collections

We manage a number of data collections covering many aspects of health and social care and collected from a wide variety of NHS trusts, local authorities, and independent-sector organisations.

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Ambulance Clinical Outcomes (AmbCo)

The Ambulance Clinical Outcomes provide information on the outcome for patients with particular conditions who are assisted by each of the eleven NHS Ambulance Services of England. Measures include survival and return of spontaneous circulation for cardiac arrest patients, time to intervention and care to patients with STEMI (a type of heart attack), and time to intervention and diagnostics for stroke patients.


Ambulance Systems Indicators (AmbSYS)

In 2017 the NHS England ambulance response programme agreed an updated set of systems indicators for the eleven ambulance services in England with ambulance services and other stakeholders.


Assuring Transformation (AT)

NHS Digital is working in partnership with NHS England on the Assuring Transformation collection. Previously managed by NHS England, NHS Digital assumed responsibility for this collection in January 2015. Previous information about the collection and documents to support management of patient objections for commissioners and patients are available on the NHS England website.


Audiology waiting time - direct access (ADWT)

This collection holds data on the number of referral to treatment (RTT) completed pathways and incomplete pathways for Direct Access Audiology (DAA).



Cancer 62 Day Patient Target List (CANPTL62)

Cancer 62 Day Patient Target List (CANPTL62) data collection.


Cancer Waiting Times Data Collection (CWT)

The national cancer waiting times system collects data about how cancer patients move through stages of their treatment, which is then used to monitor performance against targets, and to help plan services locally.


Child Immunisations (GP)

Child Immunisations (GP) quarterly collection evaluates the childhood immunisation programme in England at general practice level. The official statistic is the COVER (Cover of Vaccination Evaluated Rapidly) surveillance scheme collected by Public Health England at Local Authority level.


Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder Waiting Times (CYP ED)

In England, under the NHS Constitution, patients 'have the right to access certain services commissioned by NHS bodies within maximum waiting times, or for the NHS to take all reasonable steps to offer a range of suitable alternative providers if this is not possible'.


Collection Portal (SDCS)

The Collection Portal is a ‘view only’ functionality of SDCS that allows Data Collection Owners to monitor their own data collections


Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care (CHC)

‘NHS Continuing Healthcare’ (NHS CHC) is a package of ongoing care that is 100% funded solely by the NHS where the individual has been found to have a ‘primary health need’ as set out in the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care.


Cover of Vaccination Evaluated Rapidly (COVER)

The Cover of Vaccination Evaluated Rapidly (COVER) surveillance scheme evaluates the Child Immunisation Programme in England coverage for vaccines delivered before the age of 5. It replaces the Child Immunisation (GP) quarterly collection.



Dementia Assessment and Referral Return (DAR) Data Collection

The dementia assessment and referral return data collection reports on the number and proportion of patients aged 75 and over admitted as an emergency for more than 72 hours in England who have been identified as potentially having dementia, who are appropriately assessed and, where appropriate, referred on to specialist services.


Diabetes Transformation Metrics (DIAB)

The diabetes transformation dashboard is updated quarterly to enable CCGs, STPs, regional and national teams to monitor improvements in outputs and outcomes across the four diabetes treatment and care programme priority areas.


Diagnostics Waiting Times and Activity (DM01)

The monthly diagnostics waiting times and activity return collects data on waiting times and activity for 15 key diagnostic tests and procedures. It contains aggregate level data submitted by providers, broken down by commissioner.



Early Intervention in Psychosis Waiting Times (EIP)

NHS England collects and publishes monthly information on the number of people with first episode of psychosis who have accessed or are waiting for treatment. This information is used to monitor the referral to treatment (RTT) element of the EIP standard as set out in Mental health services: achieving better access by 2020.



Friends and Family Test (FFT) data collection

The Friends and Family Test (FFT) is an important feedback tool that supports the fundamental principle that people who use NHS services, should have the opportunity to provide feedback on their experience.


Friends and Family Test (FFT) Staff collection

The Staff Friends and Family Test (FFT) is a feedback tool which enables NHS staff to give regular feedback about their organisation as a place to work and to receive care/treatment.



General Practice (GP) Collections

We collect information from GPs across the UK for use in planning, research and generating payments.


General practice data collections

From the 1 April 2019, general practice data collections will be hosted by NHS Digital. The NHS England primary website will no longer be available. 


General Practice Forward View (GPFV)

General Practice Forward View (GPFV) data collection.


Generic medicines and special medicinal products (quarterly information)

Manufacturers, importers and wholesalers of generic medicines and special medicinal products are required to provide the Department of Health and Social Care every quarter, with information about their purchases and/or NHS sales of generic medicines and special medicinal products as part of the Health Service Products (Provision and Disclosure of Information) Regulations 2018.



IAPT Workforce collection

In 2016 the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health set out a commitment to expand IAPT services and improve quality, with a view to increasing access to psychological therapies for an additional 600,000 people with common mental health problems each year by 2020/21. This report also reiterated a commitment from the General Practice Forward View to move 3000 mental health therapists into primary care by March 2020.


ICU-HDU Influenza Surveillance

A national mandatory collection, the UK Severe Influenza Surveillance System (USISS) is operating to report the number of confirmed influenza cases admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICU) and High Dependency Units (HDU) and number of confirmed influenza deaths in ICU/HDU across England.


Integrated Urgent Care Aggregate Data Collection (IUC ADC)

Read the background to the Integrated Urgent Care Aggregate Data Collection (IUC ADC), find submission dates and view user guidance for the Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS) for General Collections.


Integrated Urgent Care Forecasting Activity Collection (IUCFAC)

This collection aims to collate information to aid tactical and strategic decision making to improve service delivery and efficiency of the Integrated Urgent Care service. 


Integrated Urgent Care Minimum Data Set (IUC MDS)

The 'IUC MDS' collects data on the IUC Services across England. It is currently being developed and will over time replace the existing 'NHS111 Minimum Data Set'. Data will be published on the NHS England website once deemed of sufficient quality.



Junior doctors data collection

This data collection intends to assess if junior doctors in training receive notification of: their generic work schedules a minimum of 8 weeks before they start new rotations, and their duty rosters a minimum of 6 weeks before they start new rotations.



KHO3 Quarterly Bed Availability and Occupancy

The KH03 is a quarterly collection from all NHS organisations that operate beds, open overnight or day only. It collects the total number of available bed days and the total number of occupied bed days by consultant main specialty.


KO41A Hospital and Community Health Services Complaints Collection

The hospital and community health services complaints data collection (KO41a).


KO41b Primary Care (GP and Dental) Complaints Collection

Primary Care (GP and Dental) Complaints Collection (KO41b).




Lifestyle publications cover a range of topics including smoking, alcohol, drug use, obesity and contraception. Some of these publications are sourced from surveys commissioned by us, while suites of compendia publications present a range of data on the topic from a variety of sources.


Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards in England Child Death Review Collection (LSCB1)

The Local Safeguarding Children Board’s (LSCBs) data collection was introduced from 1 April 2008. The child death review policy transferred from the Department for Education to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in July 2018.


Long Length of Stay Discharge Patient Tracking List (LLOS DPTL)

Find out about the Long Length of Stay Discharge Patient Tracking List (LLOS DPTL) data collection.



Mental Health Community Teams Activity (MHProvComm)

The Quarterly Mental Health Community Teams Activity return collects data on the number of patients on Care Programme Approach (CPA) followed up within 7 days of discharge from psychiatric inpatient care, and the number of inpatient admissions gate kept by Crisis Resolution Home Treatment (CRHT) teams.


Mixed-Sex Accommodation (MSA)

The NHS Operating Framework for 2012-2013 confirmed that all providers of NHS funded care are expected to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except where it is in the overall best interest of the patient.


Monthly Activity Return (MAR)

The monthly activity return collects data relating to elective and non-elective inpatient admissions (FFCEs) and outpatient referrals and attendances for first consultant outpatient appointments.


Monthly Trust Situation Reports (MSitAE) data collection

The weekly and monthly Accident and Emergency (A&E) attendances and emergency admissions collection collects the total number of attendances in the specified period for all A&E types, including minor injury units and walk-in centres, and of these, the number discharged, admitted or transferred within four hours of arrival.


Monthly Trust Situation Reports (MSitRep)

Find out about Monthly Trust Situation Reports (MSitRep), including the collection frequency, a background to the collection, launch and submission dates and guidance.


MSitDT Delayed Transfers of Care (DTOC) Return Data Collection

The monthly situation report – delayed transfers of care collects the total delayed days during the month for all patients delayed throughout the month.



N111WSI2 - NHS 111 weekly situation report

The NHS 111 weekly situation report is a national mandatory collection and monitors demand and the capability of providers.


National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NaDIA) - Hospital Characteristics (HC)

National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NaDIA) - Hospital Characteristics (HC) data collection.


NHS111PS – NHS 111 Patient Experience Surveys

Providers of NHS 111 / IUC Services should, for each of the contract areas where they provide these services, survey their callers to gather feedback, and supply that data to NHS England every six months. This supplements the NHS 111 telephony data collected by NHS England and published monthly.



Patient Level Information and Costing System (PLICS) Data Collections

NHS Improvement's Costing Transformation Programme (CTP) was established to implement Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS) across Acute, Mental Health, Ambulance and Community providers.


Patient Online Management Information (POMI)

Patient Online is an NHS England programme designed to support GP Practices to offer and promote online services to patients, including access to coded information in records, appointment booking and ordering of repeat prescriptions.


Personal Health Budget (PHB)

A Personal Health Budget (PHB) is one way of personalising people's care to ensure they get the care they need. A personal health budget is an amount of money to support a person's identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between the person and their local NHS team, or with a partner organisation on behalf of the NHS (e.g. local authority).


Pharmacy Collection (PHS1)

Find out about the Pharmacy Collection (PHS1), including guidance, a background to the collection, past publications and launch and submission dates.


Planning Collection 2019-2020

This collection supports the 2019/20 planning round, and is the method by which commissioners will submit activity and performance plans for the coming year to NHS England.



This data collection aims to demonstrate how NHS Providers are delivering the key elements of the Duty. These include identified Prevent Leads, delivery of awareness training, the level of referrals made and the engagement with relevant partnership forums that coordinate the Prevent Strategy at local and regional levels.


Primary care commissioning activity report (PCAR)

The PCAR supports greater assurance and oversight of NHS England’s primary care commissioning responsibilities.



Quality Premium Local Assessment (QPLA) 2017/18

This collection is for CCGs to submit the results of the two locally assessed elements of the 2017/18 scheme.


Quarterly Hospital Activity (QAR)

Quarterly activity data relating to inpatients (elective) and outpatients.


Quarterly Monitoring of Cancelled Operations Return (QMCO)

Quarterly Monitoring of Cancelled Operations Return (QMCO) data collection.


Quarterly Wheelchair Data Collection (QWC1)

The national wheelchair data collection is part of the programme of work focused on improving wheelchair services and was first introduced in July 2015. Its used to understand NHS wheelchair services in England and support commissioners and providers to improve services.



Reference Costs (Ref Costs)

Collecting the average unit costs to National Health Service trusts and NHS foundation trusts of providing defined services in a given financial year to NHS patients.


Referral to Treatment Waiting Times (RTT)

Consultant led referral to treatment waiting times (RTT) data collection.



Serious Mental Illness (SMI)

This collection asks CCGs to report quarterly on the number of people on the General Practice Severe Mental Illness register who are receiving a comprehensive physical health check in primary care settings.


Sexual and Reproductive Health Activity Data Set (SRHAD) Collection

The Sexual and Reproductive Health Activity Data set (SRHAD) is made up of anonymised patient-level data submitted once a year.


Smoking Status at Time of Delivery (SATOD) data collection

The Smoking Status at Time of Delivery (SATOD) collection covers information on the number of women smoking and not smoking at time of delivery (child birth). Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) are required to submit data on smoking status at time of delivery every three months.


Social care collection materials 2018

Find out about social care collection materials for the 2017-18 reporting year, including the Equalities and Classifications Framework (EQ-CL), Short and Long Term Support (SALT), Adult Social Care Finance Return (ASC-FR), Deferred Payments Agreements (DPA) and the Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC).


Social care collection materials 2019

Find out about and download social care collection materials for the 2018-19 reporting year, including the Equalities and Classifications Framework (EQ-CL), Short and Long Term Support (SALT), Adult Social Care Finance Return (ASC-FR) and the Deferred Payments Agreements (DPA).


Social Care Collections

The Data Collections team are involved in a number of social care collections listed below.


Social Care User Surveys (ASCS and SACE Data Collections)

Each year we carry out user surveys to get feedback from service users. Survey information is gathered by councils with social services responsibility, and these pages contain guidance for them.


Spend Comparison Service (includes Purchase Order Collection and the Purchase Order Validation Collection)

The Spend Comparison Service provides benchmarking and spend analytics on purchase order data from across all of NHS England’s providers. The service is comprised of two data collections; the Purchase Order collection and the Purchase Order Validation collection.


Staffing nursing midwifery and care staff (NStfFil)

Staffing: Nursing, midwifery and care staff data collection.


Stop Smoking Services Collection

The Stop Smoking Services Quarterly Return is a Public Health England (PHE) central return used to monitor the delivery of Stop Smoking Services (prior to 1 April 2013 this was a Department of Health (DH) return).


Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS)

The Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS) is a secure data collection system used by health and social care organisations to submit data.



Transformation Indicator Return (TIR)

The Learning Disability Programme is all about improving health and care services, so that more people with a learning disability, autism or both can live in the community, with the right support, and close to home.



Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Risk Assessment Collection

The Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Risk Assessment Collection collects the number and proportion of admitted patients aged 16 and over in England who have been risk assessed for VTE.  It was first made mandatory in June 2010 and data has been published quarterly from 2010.  



Winter Daily 111 collection

NHSE will access the data via the SDCS portal and will compile the data into an Excel report by 2pm each day.



1.3 million people make up the NHS workforce, all contributing towards the effectiveness of the NHS.


Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES)

Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) data collection.


Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

Implementing the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is a requirement for NHS commissioners and NHS healthcare providers including independent organisations, through the NHS standard contract

Last edited: 9 October 2019 11:52 am