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DCB Notification

Dear subscriber

Please see below for details of Data Coordination Board (DCB) activity.

Information Standards

The Data Coordination Board has approved the change to an information standard for publication under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

DCB0134 Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infections, Version 3.0

Applies to:
  • Acute trusts
  • Independent healthcare providers registered with the Care Quality Commission.
The Information Standards Notice (ISN) provides an overview of the standard:
DCB1521 Cancer Outcomes and Services Data set, Version 8.0

DCB1521 Amd 74/2016 was published on 28 September 2017; at the time of publication the XML Schema for Version 8.0 was not available.

It is now available for download from Technology Reference Data Update Distribution site (TRUD). Please note that although Version 8 can be downloaded it should not be used until 1 April 2018.

SCCI2210 Amd 55/2016 De-Identification Data Items

In our notification on 5 October 2017 we informed you that the Advance Notification SCCI had issued for SCCI2210 Amd 55/2016 De-Identification Data Items had been withdrawn.

NHS England has now fully withdrawn this standard and work will not be continuing on it’s development; any future work in this area will be undertaken as part of the National Data Architecture being driven by NHS Digital.

If NHS Digital publish any news about this work we will keep you informed though our notifications.

Data Collections

The following data collections were considered at the DCB meeting on 13 December and have been awarded Assurance Certificates:
  • DCB2085 Amd 73/2017: Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE)
  • SCCI2216 Amd 62/2016: Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) Reporting System Pilot - extension
More information about Assurance Certificates, including the register of issued certificates, can be found on our web pages.


Specialised Services Reporting Requirements

A new information standard is being proposed by NHS England to standardise and enhance the data used to support aggregate contract monitoring. As part of this development, a consultation has been launched to obtain user feedback on the proposals.

Closing date: 26 January 2018

Legally unsharable data

NHS Digital is currently undertaking a review of clinical codes that are defined as sensitive (legally restricted) in order to ensure that its use of provider data is compliant with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008) and the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (as amended by The Gender Recognition (Disclosure of Information) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) Order 2005).

As part of this work, NHS Digital are seeking your feedback on a proposed list of legally unsharable clinical codes. The codes that have been identified will continue to be used for secondary purposes, but all related information that could potentially identify an individual would be removed where the codes are used for any other reason apart from direct care.

Your feedback will be used to finalise this list of codes, which will be then available for use across the health care system and within national data sets.

Closing date: 19 January 2018

SNOMED CT in Primary Care: Local Functions Survey

As part of the move to implement SNOMED CT in primary care, NHS Digital would like to understand how this project will affect local searches and similar functions.

Your feedback will be used to inform future planning with the SNOMED CT roll-out and help us to provide services that meet users’ needs.

Closing date: 31 December 2017


Kind regards,

Data Standards Assurance Service
NHS Digital