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Challenging Burden Service (CBS)

The Challenging Burden Service (CBS) offered advice, guidance, and support around minimising data collection burden.

The Challenging Burden Service is no longer responsible for the burden assessment function. Data collections are now assured by the Data Standards Assurance Service (DSAS) on behalf of the Data Coordination Board (DCB). Please contact standards.assurance@nhs.net for further information.

Further information

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    Burden assessments

    The Challenging Burden Service is no longer responsible for the burden assessment function. Data collections are now assured by the Data Standards Assurance Service (DSAS) on behalf of the Data Coordination Board (DCB). Please contact standards.assurance@nhs.net for further information

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    Central register of collections

    If you are a potential (data) collector please check the NHS Standard Contract: Approved Collections webpage before requesting a burden assessment application form. This page is managed by the Data Standards and Assurance Service (DSAS) and updated monthly.

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    Data Provision Notices (DPNs)

    When we receive a Direction or Request to collect data, we issue a Data Provision Notice (DPN). It provides details about the data collection, including: purpose, benefits, frequency and method of collection.

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    Burden reduction plans

    We work closely with the Department of Health and Social Care and Arm's Length Bodies (ALBs) to support the development of burden reduction plans. These plans set out how each organisation plans to reduce the data burden they place on the health and social care system in England and to minimise bureaucracy.

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    Collection referral service

    Refer data collections to us confidentially if you think we should assess whether they are necessary or could be improved.

Last edited: 15 July 2020 3:11 pm