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Find out more detail about each of our commissioning datasets, including who has access and for what purpose, and those that are under development.
Below is a list of datasets that are available to commissioners and for what purpose.
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.
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.