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Commissioning datasets

Find out more detail about each of our commissioning datasets, including who has access and for what purpose, and those that are under development.

Available datasets

Below is a list of datasets that are available to commissioners and for what purpose.

NHSE commissioning 

Commissioning is not one action but many, ranging from the health-needs assessment for a population, through the clinically based design of patient pathways, to service specification and contract negotiation or procurement, with continuous quality assessment. NHS England supports other NHS organisations to work in partnership to deliver better outcomes for our patients and communities and provide value for taxpayers.

ICB commissioning 

Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) have taken over the statutory responsibility for commissioning most NHS services previously held by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). ICBs use the commissioning process to plan, purchase and monitor health and care services for their population. ICB Commissioning comprises a range of activities, including: assessing needs, setting priorities, planning and/or procuring services and monitoring quality. For further information on your local ICBs use of data please visit their website.

ICB risk stratification 

Risk Stratification is a tool used by GPs and ICBs for identifying and predicting which patients are at high risk, or are likely to be at high risk and prioritising the management of their care in order to prevent worse outcomes. For further information on your local ICBs use of data please visit their website.

ICB invoice validation 

Invoice validation is an important process in ensuring that your care and your care provider is paid for correctly. It involves using your data (usually NHS number) to check that the Integrated Care Board (ICB) is responsible for paying for your treatment. For further information on your local ICBs use of data please visit their website.

CQC statutory functions 

Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It uses NHS data to ensure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.







Product Commissioning Commissioning Risk Stratification Invoice validation Statutory Functions Under development
Adult Social Care Data Yes Yes     Yes  
Alcohol Dependence Yes Yes     Yes  
Ambulance Data Yes         Yes
Assuring Transformation (AT) Yes          
Child and Young People Health Service (CYPHS) Yes Yes     Yes  
Civil Registration of Births Dataset Yes Yes     Yes  
Civil Registration of Deaths Dataset Yes Yes     Yes  
Clinical Audits and Registries Yes Yes        
Community Services Dataset (CSDS)  Yes Yes     Yes  
Continuing Health Care (CHC) Yes Yes     Yes  
COVID-19 Ethnic Category Data Set Yes Yes     Yes  
COVID-19 GPES Data For Pandemic Planning and Research (GDPPR) Yes Yes        
COVID-19 Second Generation Surveillance System Yes          
COVID-19 UK Non-hospital Antigen Testing Results (pillar 2) Yes         Yes
COVID-19 Vaccination Status Yes Yes     Yes  
CVD Prevent Yes          
Diagnostic Imaging Dataset (DIDS) Yes Yes     Yes  
e-Referral System Dataset (eRSDS) Yes Yes     Yes  
Faster Data Flows (FDF) Yes Yes        
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Yes Yes     Yes  
Local Provider Flows Yes Yes     Yes  
Maternity Services Dataset (MSDS)  Yes Yes     Yes  
Medicines Dispensed in Primary Care (NHSBSA Data) Yes Yes     Yes  
Mental Health Services Dataset (MHSDS)  Yes Yes Yes   Yes  

National Cancer Registries and Analysis Service (NCRAS)

Yes Yes        
National Cancer Waiting Times Monitoring Dataset (CWT) Yes Yes     Yes  
National Diabetes Audit (NDA) Yes Yes     Yes  
NHS Pathways Data Set Yes          
Patient Reported Outcome Measures Dataset (PROMS)  Yes Yes     Yes  
Patient Demographics Service (PDS)   Yes   Yes Yes  
Secondary Uses Service Dataset (SUS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Summary Hospital Mortality Indicator Dataset (SHMI) Yes Yes     Yes  
Tobacco Dependence Yes Yes     Yes  

Data Landing Platform – local flows

Data quality

The data quality team assesses the quality of data published by providers.

Access their publications and best practice.

Last edited: 23 January 2024 3:59 pm