Data, insights and statistics

We have a major role in handling data for health and social care. Our data, insights, and statistics teams work across dozens of topics, providing information that will help improve care for patients.

Here you'll find an overview of the work our data, insights and statistics teams do, demonstrating NHS Digital's role in making the NHS a learning health system.

You can find out what the teams working with data do, and how you and others can see and work with our data, to help improve the health and care system.

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Data, insights and statistics overview

We collect, assemble, analyse and distribute NHS and social care data, safely, efficiently and legally, so it can be used for research and planning to improve health and care.

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Primary care team

We work with primary care data, from GPs, dentists, opticians and pharmacies, to help partners in health and care monitor and improve the care that patients receive.

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Secondary care team

We work with secondary care data, from hospitals and other providers of NHS care, to help monitor and improve policy and identify the best care for patients.

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Emergency care team

We've created a new Emergency Care Data Set which will provide better data on urgent and emergency care, helping with research, planning and improvements to care.

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Community services team

We produce the Community Services Data Set, using information from care providers in the community such as health centres, so it can be used to develop and manage services.

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Maternity services team

We produce the Maternity Services Data Set, supporting NHS England’s work to improve maternity care, which is used for planning and improving outcomes for babies, children and mothers.

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Mental health team

We work with data on people receiving mental health care or treatment, and those in contact with learning disability services, to help partners in health and care monitor and improve care.

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Social care team

We work with social care data, including social services and safeguarding data, to produce data sets that are used to monitor spending and quality of care and plan and provide services.

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Audits and registries team

We run clinical audits and registries to review care against specific criteria, so that findings can be used to improve outcomes for patients and identify good practice.

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Prescribing and medicines team

We work with prescribing data on medicines and other prescriptions, to help the health and care system monitor cost, identify trends and variations, and develop national policy.

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Population health team

We work with data on health in the UK, including on screening, immunisations, general health and lifestyle, producing statistics used to plan policy and develop public health interventions.

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Facilities and estates team

We work with data about the physical NHS estate, its land, buildings and their running costs, to monitor care, develop policy and identify efficiencies.

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Workforce team

We work with data on the NHS workforce in England, including from GP practices, hospitals, dentist and opticians, to make sure our partners can plan effectively and monitor policy.

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Indicators team

We create indicators and assure indicators from other organisations, so that they can measure progress and performance in the health and care system and be used to improve care.

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National Casemix Office team

We work with NHS England, NHS Improvement and other national bodies to determine the cost of approximately £50 billion of healthcare activities, enabling payment and planning.

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Data standards team

We develop national and international standards for recording and categorising health and care data, so that it can be used by different systems, shared and compared effectively.

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Data Services for Commissioners team

We produce robust, anonymised, standardised data for commissioning bodies to use so that they can make the most of data to improve NHS commissioning, improving patient care.

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Data quality team

We work with partner organisations in health and care to improve the quality of data that providers submit, so that its potential to improve health and care is maximised.

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The future of data, insights and statistics

We’re transforming our existing data services, to make things easier for our stakeholders, improve data quality, and speed up the data cycle, increasing their value to health and care.

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Innovative uses of data and data science

We’re improving our information analysis and reporting, by using novel data science techniques, enabling new insights from data that work to improve health and social care.