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Adoption Registration Service

This service can check for a record of a Civil Death Registration in England, Wales and the Isle of Man on behalf of adoptees and birth relatives to establish if an adoptee or birth relative is recorded as having died. You can also use this service to forward information about hereditary medical conditions to an adoptee's or birth relative's GP.


Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF)

The Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) measures how well care and support services achieve the outcomes that matter most to people. The measures are grouped into four domains which are typically reviewed in terms of movement over time. Data is provided at council, regional and national level.


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Clinical audits and registries

NHS Digital runs clinical audits and registries for the health and care system in England.


Clinical Record Standards

Our standards provide a consistent way for information to be collected across the NHS.


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Data Access Request Service (DARS)

The Data Access Request Service (DARS) can offer clinicians, researchers and commissioners the data required to help improve NHS services. We handle applications, process data and provide access to specific sets of data when requests are approved.


Data quality

The DQMI is a monthly publication about data quality in the NHS, which provides data submitters with timely and transparent information.


Data Services for Commissioners (DSfC)

We're responsible for ensuring NHS Digital meets its statutory and service obligations to commissioners. We do this via the Data Services for Commissioners Regional Offices (DSCROs) and by developing and implementing policies and plans.


Demographics

The Personal Demographics Service (PDS) is a national authoritative source of patient demographics data for the whole of the NHS.


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.


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Electronic Staff Record Data Quality Reports (WoVEn)

The Workforce Validation Engine (WoVEn) is a monthly data quality report on data in the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). This is sent to individual organisations, allowing them to correct their data at source. It also provides national rankings for data quality scores against an agreed list of criteria.


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General Practice (GP) Collections

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


General practice data hub

This is a collection of interactive dashboards relating to general practice in England.


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Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) is a data warehouse containing details of all admissions, outpatient appointments and A and E attendances at NHS hospitals in England.


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Innovative Uses of Data

This service will support the planning, delivery and evaluation of health and social care. By creating tools and analytics that harness data science techniques, we can offer new insights that are easily accessed and understood.


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Linked HES-ONS mortality data

Find out about linked HES-ONS mortality data. Combined data in Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and Office of National Statistics (ONS) datasets provides additional valuable information, such as the cause of deaths and deaths outside of hospital, which is not available if only using HES.


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Medicines dispensed in Primary Care NHS Business Services Authority data

NHS Digital has established a monthly collection of patient-level data about medicines dispensed and claimed for in community settings (predominantly community pharmacy) from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA).


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Organisation Data Service

We're responsible for publishing codes that identify organisations and individuals across health and social care.


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Patient Level Information and Costing System (PLICS) Data Collections

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 Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)

Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) measure health gain in patients undergoing hip replacement, knee replacement and up to September 2017, varicose vein and groin hernia surgery in England, based on responses to questionnaires before and after surgery.


Population, Births and Deaths Services

We hold a database of population data on behalf of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that can be used to analyse births and deaths.


Public health

The choices people make can have a lasting impact on their health. Improving patient care isn't just about treating people's individual diseases, it also means changing and preventing harmful behaviours which can improve and even save people's lives.


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Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) online database

We have developed an online database to find the results of your local GP practice and to report the latest annual QOF points. You can also use the database to compare your local GP practice with other GP practices locally, or across England.


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Secondary Uses Service (SUS)

Our service allows commissioners and providers to use data for secondary uses such as planning, commissioning and calculating payments.


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 to NHS Digital.


Supporting open data and transparency

Open data is data that can be used and shared by anyone, for any purpose. We make this data publicly available to improve transparency in health and care.


Surveys

Find out about our surveys, along with any reports and key findings from previous surveys.


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Treatment Function Codes

Treatment Function Codes (TFCs) and Main Specialty Codes are used to support the national reporting and analysis of clinical workforce activity throughout the NHS and through data sets such as the Commissioning Data Sets (CDS).