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HSCIC signs Concordat to reduce the burden of national requests for information

19 November 2013

The Department of Health (DH) and the Health and Social Care Information Centre will consider the recommendations from the NHS Confederation in their report on reducing burdens, which is published today.  One of those recommendations is that the Department should introduce a tight governing protocol for national bodies and they were pleased to announce that the Department and its Arms-Length Bodies (ALBs) have signed a Concordat. This commits each national organisation to a set of core principles governing the collection of data from NHS bodies, and aims to secure a more collaborative and systematic approach to data collections across the health and social care system.

Kingsley Manning said '"The Health and Social Care Information Centre welcomes the work of the NHS Confederation and looks forward to contributing to reducing burdens on clinical staff.  The Concordat that has been signed by the Department of Health and its Arms-Lengths Bodies commits us all to collaborating in order to avoid unnecessary or repetitive data collections.  Any collection must have a clear purpose and must be managed through ourselves as it is our role to collect and extract data from local systems.  By using technology better and regularly scrutinising the purpose of any collection, we expect to drive down the burden and increase the time spent by clinicians with their patients.  In the new year we plan to share the results of a further audit of a broad section of the acute sector, building on the work published today." 

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