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Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS) for General Collections - external user guidance

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The Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS) is a secure data collection system which accepts uploads of submissions in a variety of formats.

This guidance document will help you register with SDCS and download and upload data securely.

We welcome feedback on this guidance.

Who should read this guidance

This guidance is intended for any organisation required to securely submit data to the Data Collections Team at NHS Digital via the SDCS.

How this guidance will help you

This guidance will show you how to:

  • create the correct file structure to enable upload of data files
  • register on the system
  • upload data files to the system
  • sign out of the system

Recommended web browsers

We recommend you use Internet Explorer (9 and above), Firefox version 7.01 and above or Chrome version 36.0.1985.143m and above to use the SDCS system.


The system may not work as expected if you use an out of date web browser. We do not recommended using Safari or Opera.

Contact details

Email: or

Telephone: 0300 303 5678

Last edited: 3 October 2019 12:02 pm