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Access the Strategic Data Collection Service
Most collections can be found here. Three exceptions are listed below under "Links to access SDCS".
We manage access to SDCS by granting individual users permissions to complete specific collections.
How to access SDCS
To access SDCS you must have:
- the appropriate permissions for each data collection you want to submit data for (granted by NHS Digital)
- a valid single sign-on account (SSO) account
1. Ask for SDCS access to submit data
We can only register 1 or 2 data submitters for each collection. How many we can register depends on the specific requirements of the collection.
To ask for access to SDCS to submit data, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and give them your:
- personal work email address
- phone number
- name of organisation you work for
- ODS code of organisation you work for
- name of the collection or collections you need to submit data for
We can only grant permissions to your personal work email address.
use your personal work email address which includes your name, for example email@example.com
do not use a shared or team email address, for example firstname.lastname@example.org
do not use a personal private email address, for example email@example.com
I do not know the ODS code of my organisation
My organisation does not have an ODS code
An ODS code is needed to take part in any SDCS data collection.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an ODS code request form.
2. Register for a single sign-on account
Visit https://login.hscic.gov.uk/Register.aspx to register for an account, if you do not already have one. Use the same personal email address that you used in your request.
3. Activate your account
When you have been given permissions for an SDCS collection, you will be sent an automated email invitation, including the link to SDCS for that collection.
You need to sign into the system within 30 days of getting the email to activate your account.
Read the detailed web guidance on SDCS for more information, including how to request another user is added or request that a user is removed from your organisation, accessing the web-based SDCS system, submitting data files, and viewing and downloading submitted data.
If you need more help or have any questions, email email@example.com.
SDCS Cloud is the new way to submit data to NHS Digital.