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Health data development: HSCIC secures global status for UK

HSCIC now a designated centre for health classifications and coding

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has secured international status for the United Kingdom as an expert centre for global health classifications.  This means the HSCIC is now a designated Collaborating Centre for the World Health Organisation Family of Classifications (WHO-FIC), following a 13-stage process completed by the HSCIC on behalf of the Department of Health.

The UK now joins an international network of expert centres in health classifications and coding development, with a mission to improve health through ongoing development, maintenance and promotion of an integrated suite of health classifications that provide information of value and utility across the world.

An example of this is the International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD), a group of clinical codes used by all WHO member countries that enables the prevalence of different diseases to be compared nationally and internationally.

ICD codes underpin NHS information such as Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) in England, which is analysed and published in anonymised form by the HSCIC.

HSCIC chief executive Andy Williams said: "Securing WHO designation is the result of commitment to the network over a number of years and many months of hard work and continuous engagement by HSCIC staff to support our submission.

" I am delighted that our expertise will be harnessed internationally. We have committed to a four year work plan and will represent the UK in this important area of global development, with the ultimate aim of driving improvements to information to improve health not just in this country but around the world."

More information about the WHO network


Notes to editors

  1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
  2. Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts in England and from approximately 200 independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The HSCIC liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies. For more information visit
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