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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. 

DCB0089 Cover of Vaccination Evaluated Rapidly (COVER) Return

Applies to: 
  • All care providers operating Child Health Information Systems
  • NHS England Local Teams
  • Public Health England
  • NHS Digital.

The Information Standards Notice (ISN) provides an overview of the standard:  


Legally unsharable data

NHS Digital are 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 

Find out more and take part

Kind regards,

Data Standards Assurance Service
NHS Digital