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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Cancer Waiting Times

The National Cancer Waiting Times system allows NHS providers to record data derived from patient care activity.

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Children and Young People's Health Services Data Set

The Children and Young People's Health Services Data Set (CYPHS) provides information on children and young people in contact with health services.

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Commissioning Data Sets

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

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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.

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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.

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Diagnostic Imaging Data Set

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

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Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS)

The Emergency Care Data Set is the national data set for urgent and emergency care. It replaces the Accident & Emergency Commissioning Data Set (CDS type 010).

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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.

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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Data Set collects information about adults in contact with psychological therapy services.

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Maternity and Children's Data Set

The Maternity and Children's Data Sets project (MCDS) which incorporates the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS), Children and Young People's Health Services Data Set (CYPHS) and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Data Set (CAMHS), has been developed to help achieve better outcomes of care for mothers, babies and children.

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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.

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Mental Health Services Data Set

The Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) contains record-level data about the care of children, young people and adults who are in contact with mental health, learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder services.

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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).

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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.

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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.