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Data sets

Our national data sets collect information from care records, systems and organisations on specific areas of health and care. This is used to inform policy and monitor and improve care.

The Department of Health and NHS England tell us to collect data so they can learn about specific areas of policy interest and measure the progress of policy initiatives. We work with these partners and groups of health and social care professionals, patients, and IT systems suppliers to design and develop these collections.

Our standards and collections section, details the assurance for all national data sets.  

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Commissioning Data Sets

Commissioning Data Sets (CDS) enable national reporting on NHS funded or provided secondary care.

Community Services Data Set

The data set allows community service providers and commissioners to view local and national information from community services, to improve patient care.

Critical Care Minimum Data Set

The Critical Care Minimum Data Set is collected from all hospitals and other locations which provide all elements of critical care, to support payment, commissioning and national policy analysis.


Diagnostic Imaging Data Set

The Diagnostic Imaging Data Set (DID) collects data about diagnostic imaging tests carried out on NHS patients, extracted from local radiology information systems.


Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS)

The Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS) is the national data set for urgent and emergency care. It replaced Accident & Emergency Commissioning Data Set (CDS type 010) and was implemented through: ECDS (CDS 6.2.2 Type 011)


Female Genital Mutilation Datasets

The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Enhanced Dataset supports the Department of Health's FGM Prevention Programme by presenting a national picture of the prevalence of FGM in England.


Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set

Collecting information about people in contact with adult psychological therapy services in England.


Maternity Services Data Set

The Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) is a patient level data set that collects information on each stage of care for women as they go through pregnancy. As a secondary uses data set it re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care.

Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS)

Welcome to the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) core page. This page aims to be the centre point for all information relating to the data set, giving mental health service providers and their system suppliers easy access to the information they need to implement the MHSDS and submit mental health services data.


National Perioperative Data Standard Programme

NHS Digital is working to identify, collect and submit national perioperative data from NHS, private providers in England and across the devolved nations to generate UK wide coverage.

National Workforce Data Set (NWD) and NHS occupation codes

We maintain the National Workforce Data set (NWD) and the NHS occupation codes, which together specify the data standards for NHS workforce information, including implementation within the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

Neonatal Critical Care Minimum Data Set

The Neonatal Critical Care Minimum Data Set (NCCMDS) provides a record of what happens to a patient when they receive neonatal critical care in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Maternity Ward or Neonatal Transitional Care Ward.

NHS Continuing Health Care (CHC) Patient Level Data Set

The NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC) Data Set is a patient level, output based, secondary uses data set which aims to deliver robust, comprehensive, nationally consistent, and comparable person- based information for people (over the age of 18 years) accessing NHS CHC services and NHS-funded Nursing Care located in England.


Paediatric Critical Care Minimum Data Set

The Paediatric Critical Care Minimum Data Set (PCCMDS) records what happens to a patient when they receive paediatric critical care in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) or other critical care setting suitable for children.