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Burden Reduction Plans

The NHS Digital Burden Advice and Assessment Service (BAAS) has worked closely with the Department of Health (DH) and Arm's Length Bodies (ALBs) to support the development of Burden Reduction Plans for 2016-17.

These plans set out how each ALB plans to reduce the data burden they place on the health and social care system in England, and also create efficiencies through reducing bureaucracy.

All organisations have committed to the overriding principles of a DH Concordat, to:

  • collect data that is proportionate and with a clear business purpose
  • not duplicate other data collections
  • work through NHS Digital as the national base for all data
  • review the need to collect the data regularly

NHS Digital coordinated the submission of the ALB plans to DH.

Organisations will be expected to continue this exercise annually to support the ongoing reduction of unnecessary burden for frontline staff.

NHS Digital will continue to have oversight of the Burden Reduction Plans, the content of which will be regularly reviewed to provide an evidence base for contributing towards the measurement of burden reduction activity.

NHS Digital's Burden Reduction Plan

As an ALB, NHS Digital has also produced its pdf icon own Burden Reduction Plan [528kb].

It establishes our position in respect of a report from the NHS Confederation in November 2013, and outlines the active steps being taken by NHS Digital to reduce the data burden on health and social care organisations.

If you have any comments or feedback on our burden reduction plan, please send an email to

ALB Burden Reduction Plans

Copies of the ALB Burden Reduction Plans published to-date can be found below:

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