How providers can submit PLICS data
PLICS files are to be submitted via Secure Electronic File Transfer (SEFT) to NHS Digital.
Further information on Secure Electronic File Transfer.
You should ensure well in advance of submission that you are set up as a SEFT user to allow you to submit your PLICS files to NHS Digital. Before submitting your files, you should undertake a SEFT connectivity test to ensure you will be able to submit data without any issues.
Providers should ensure that data is submitted via SEFT well in advance of the submission window closing (see dates/times above) to allow time for all data transfers to complete and confirmation emails to be received with the status of file validation.
To take a connectivity test, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens if the files do not pass validation first time?
If a submitted file does not pass the validation checks first time at NHS Digital, then you can correct the issue(s) and submit the file again (subject to the submission window still being open).
For multiple submission attempts, NHS Digital will only use the last good file when processing data from your trust (the latest file submitted which passed validation).
Please note that this means this will overwrite any previously submitted data for that given file for the relevant PLICS collection.
What notifications you will receive
You can expect to receive email notifications after submitting PLICS data to NHS Digital.
We will send an automated validation email, outlining the passed/failed validation status per file submitted, to provide timely feedback to data submitters.
In addition to the above, providers will also receive a daily status email for each collection to which data has been submitted, which will summarise the current submission status for your trust. This summary email is only issued the following day after a submission attempt (if you have submitted one or more PLICS files in the last 24 hours to NHS Digital).
Technical problems submitting data to NHS Digital
Please raise a service call with the NHS Digital National Service Desk: email@example.com.
The National Service Desk will respond directly to your query or triage it to an appropriate team to respond. Please ensure you reference PLICS when raising your query to ensure there is minimal delay.
How NHS Digital file checks relate to the NHS England and NHS Improvement Data Validation Tool checks
If your files pass the mandatory validations in the NHS England and NHS Improvement Data Validation Tool, then they should also pass the file validation stage at NHS Digital.
Any queries on the NHS England and NHS Improvement Data Validation Tool should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.