This information standard provides reference data about the Organisations that comprise the health and social care services, including non-direct-care Organisations, primarily in England but also in the other UK-constituent countries.
The current release, published on 8 March 2018, introduces a new delivery mechanism for weekly/daily updates of the reference data. Instead of data having to be obtained via NHS Digital's Technology Reference data Update Distribution (TRUD) service, an Application Programming Interface (API) has been developed to allow customers direct access to updates. This will go live by the end of April 2018.
- Users must still comply with the ISN issued for the previous release (see below) in order to prepare for the introduction of the new identifier structure (ANANA) on 1 April 2020. However, the key documents for the current release have been updated so users need only refer to these documents from the date of publication.
- There is no change to the conformance date; this remains as 26 November 2021 with the withdrawal of the CSV products.
This information standard is published under Section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. An Information Standards Notice (see below) provides an overview of scope and implementation timescales, and the Specification and Implementation Documents provide further detail for those who have to implement the information standard.