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Creating a new NHS England: NHS England and NHS Digital merged on 1 February 2023. All references to NHS Digital now, or in the future, relate to NHS England. More about the merger.

Strategic Data Collection Service in the cloud (SDCS Cloud)

SDCS Cloud is the new way to submit data to NHS Digital

SDCS Cloud

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

SDCS Cloud provides

  • an internet facing service that does not require an N3 or HSCN connection, allowing more providers to submit data
  • a secure method of confirming user identity using two-factor authentication 
  • a modern solution using cloud technology that integrates with our improved data processing services.  

User guidance

Access the latest SDCS Cloud user guidance, including information on registering to submit a data set, activating your account, submitting data and understanding data quality

Data sets currently submitting using SDCS Cloud

Data set specific guidance for these collections and information on submission windows.  

Release History

Read more about the SDCS Cloud release history.

Contact details

Please report any service issues or queries to the National Service Desk. Telephone: 0300 303 5035 or email:

Further information

internal Data User Certificate (DUC) forms

Learn more about how to complete the Data User Certificate (DUC) form and how to register a SIRO or IAO to submit data through the Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS). The SDCS in the cloud is the new way to submit mental health and maternity services data to NHS Digital.

Last edited: 26 January 2022 4:46 pm