When a patient or service user is treated or cared for, information is collected which supports their treatment. This information is also useful to commissioners and providers of NHS-funded care for 'secondary' purposes - purposes other than direct or 'primary' clinical care - such as:
- healthcare planning
- commissioning of services
- National Tariff reimbursement
- development of national policy
SUS is a secure data warehouse that stores this patient-level information in line with national standards and applies complex derivations which support national tariff policy and secondary analysis.
Access to SUS is managed using Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) which grants appropriate access levels to identifiable, anonymised or pseudonymised data based on the users job role.