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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We work with data about the physical NHS estate, its land, buildings and their running costs, to monitor care, develop policy and identify efficiencies.
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.
We produce indicators so that clinical staff, commissioners, researchers, and others have the data and evidence they need to help with decision-making and measuring progress and performance in the health and care system in order to improve care. A wide variety of subjects are covered, ranging from quality through to population health and the outcome of treatments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We run the Data Access Request Service (DARS), enabling healthcare providers and researchers to get the data they need to improve health and care, while protecting patient data.
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.
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.
We are developing our data processing services to transform how we collect, process and use data to improve health and care.
This publication assesses real world outcomes from data released through the Data Access Request Service (DARS). It looks at the impact data has had in health and care, research, commissioning, policy and more.