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 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

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.



Cancer 62 Day Patient Target List (CANPTL62)

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


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.


Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN)

The CQUIN 2017-19 consolidated data collection is designed to gather information about six indicators as part of the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation scheme for the financial years 2017/18 and 2018/19.


Consultant led referral to treatment waiting times (RTT)

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



Dementia assessment and referral return 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.


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.


Direct access audiology ADWT

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



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.



General Practice (GP) Collections

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


General Practice (including Dental) Complaints Collection (KO41b)

General Practice (including Dental) complaints data collection (KO41b).


General Practice Forward View (GPFV)

General Practice Forward View (GPFV) data collection.



Hospital and Community Health Services Complaints Collection (KO41a)

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



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 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.




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.



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)

Monthly Trust Situation Reports data collection.


MSitDT delayed transfers of care 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.


NHS Continuing Care and NHS Funded Nursing Care Collection

NHS Continuing Care and NHS Funded Nursing Care data collection.


NHS 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).



Patient Level Information and Costing Systems 2017 Collection

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)

Personal Health Budget (PHB) data collection.


Pharmacy Collection (PHS1)

Pharmacy data collection (PHS1).



The aim of the data collection is 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.



Quality and Outcome Framework (QOF) business rules

NHS Digital are responsible for producing and maintaining the extraction specification (business rules) for Quality and Outcome Framework (QOF), Enhanced Services (ES), Vaccinations and Immunisations V&I, certain elements of Core Contact (CC) and other services commissioned by the Department of Health.


Quarterly Monitoring of Cancelled Operations Return (QMCO)

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


Quarterly wheelchair data collection

The national wheelchair data collection (Standardisation Committee for Care Information reference SCCI2097 Amd 38/2015) is part of the programme of work focused on improving wheelchair services and was first introduced in July 2015.



Reducing the impact of serious infections (antimicrobial resistance and sepsis) CQUIN. Part 2a and 2b: Sepsis

Reducing the impact of serious infections (antimicrobial resistance and sepsis) CQUIN data collection. This CQUIN return covers indicators 2a and 2b. Each indicator has two parts, (i) and (ii).


Reports from the Learning Disability Census collections

This page provides links to all publications from the Learning Disability Census collections.



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 through the NHS Digital Strategic Data Collection System (SDCS).


Social care collection materials 2018

Collections for the 2017-18 reporting year.


Social care collection materials 2019

Collections for the 2018-19 reporting year.


Social Care Collections

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


Social care user surveys

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.


Staffing nursing midwifery and care staff (NStfFil)

Staffing: Nursing, midwifery and care staff data collection.


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 data collection was first made mandatory from June 2010, and data has been published quarterly from the first full quarters data (July-September 2010).




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