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Strategic Data Collection Service in the cloud (SDCS Cloud)

The Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS) in the cloud is the new way to submit mental health and maternity services data to NHS Digital.

The new tool for submitting data to NHS Digital

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and Community Services Data Set (CSDS) are moving from the legacy Bureau Service Portal (BSP) to NHS Digital’s Strategic Data Collection Service in the cloud (SDCS Cloud) from May 2020.

We’ll be reaching out to IAPT and CSDS submitters to develop the submission tool to cater for those data sets over the coming months. As with Mental Health and Maternity, the migration to the new system has been aligned with the move to the new data standard version for IAPT and CSDS that applies from April 2020.

We’ll provide regular email updates to those registered BSP users and share how to submit using SDCS Cloud via show and tell webinars in the months running up to migration.

Data sets scheduled to move to SDCS Cloud

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

Community Services Data Set (CSDS)

Data sets currently submitting using SDCS Cloud

Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS)

Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS).

What SDCS Cloud will provide

  • improved user experience and faster data quality feedback
  • a secure solution using the cloud technology of the future which will integrate with our improved data processing services

SDCS Cloud is a completely new tool, and different from other existing SDCS collection tools, as it is being designed from the ground up to optimise use in the cloud.

It uses a two-factor authentication as the secure method of confirming user identity using a combination of two different factors.

It is also an internet-facing service that does not require an N3 or HSCN connection, making it easier for more providers to submit data.

SDCS and our improved data processing services

We are using modern data processing services to streamline and automate existing ways of collecting, processing and accessing data. This will give us the power to process larger volumes of data, faster than ever before, whilst providing the tools to manage incoming data to ensure it is accurate, useful and secure.

Submission windows

Registering for SDCS Cloud

To register for an SDCS Cloud account, please complete the relevant Data User Certificate (DUC) form found below.


Download the Maternity Services DUC form

Mental health 

Download the Mental Health DUC form

If you encounter any problems when registering, please contact the National Service Desk. Telephone: 0300 303 5035 or email:

Password resets and locked accounts

If you require a password reset, please contact the National Service Desk. Telephone: 0300 303 5035 or email:

Accounts not active for three months will be locked. If this happens, users should contact National Service Desk to unlock their account.

Organisation Data Service (ODS) code

If your organisation does not have an ODS code, they will need to register for one before they can complete the DUC form. Learn more about ODS codes.   

Senior information risk owner (SIRO) register

Learn more about how users can find their SIRO

Announcements, planned outages and news

Guidance documents

Release history

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    Maternity Services Data Set

    The Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) is a patient level data set that collects information on each stage of care for women as they go through pregnancy. As a secondary uses data set it re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care.

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    Submit data to the Mental Health Services Data Set

    All providers of specialist secondary mental health, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorder services should submit to the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS). This page explains how.

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    SDCS Cloud news

    Latest news about the Strategic Data Collection Service in the Cloud (SDCS Cloud).

Last edited: 10 January 2020 8:10 am