Purpose and details of activity
Hospitals and community organisations that provide NHS funded care must submit certain information to NHS Digital about services provided to our service users. This information is generally known as commissioning datasets. Dorset CCG obtains these datasets from NHS Digital via Data Services for Commissioners Regional Offices (DSCRO) and they relate to service users registered with GP Practices that are members of the CCG.
These datasets include data from a variety of sources listed below:
- Secondary Uses Services (SUS) for commissioners, this includes secondary care, community care and mental health providers in an inpatient, outpatient and emergency department setting;
- National Data Sets for community and mental health services. Including mental health minimum data set, mental health and learning disabilities data set, improving access to psychological therapies data set, children and young people health, mental health services data set, community services data set;
- National Performance Data Sets including cancer waiting times monitoring, referral to treatment monitoring, emergency department waiting times;
- Local Provider Flows including acute, ambulance, community, demand for service, diagnostic services, emergency care, experience quality and outcomes, mental health, population data, primary care services, public health and screening services, diagnostic imaging, maternity services.
The data we receive does not include patients’ names, dates of birth or home addresses, but may include information such as your NHS number.
When analysing current health services and proposals for developing future services, it is sometimes necessary to link separate individual data sets to be able to produce a comprehensive evaluation.
In some cases, there may also be a need to link local data sets which could include a range of acute-based services such as radiology, physiotherapy, audiology etc. as well as mental health and community based services such as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), district nursing, podiatry etc. When carrying out this analysis, the linkage of these datasets is always done using a unique identifier that does not reveal a person’s identity.
Source of information
NHS Digital via South Central and West Commissioning Support Unit
Lawful basis for use
UK General Data Protection Regulation Article 6 (1) (e). Other (UK General Data Protection Regulation Article 9 (2) (h)).
You can choose to opt-out of your personal information being used for secondary uses such as planning of health services by accessing the following link: nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.