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Indicators allow organisations to measure and benchmark progress toward goals. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) publishes over a thousand indicators for everything from quality to population health and outcomes of treatments. Most of our indicators can be browsed through our Catalogue, but custom tools are also available for finding and using indicators. Some of them are listed below.

Indicator Portal: Over a thousand indicators covering a wide range of population health topics, including all the public health indicators previously available in the Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base (the Compendium), and the Local Basket of Indicators, and GP indicators. It also contains the new Summary Hospital Mortality Indicator (SHMI), which sets the standard for reporting mortality at hospital level across the NHS.

Indicators for Quality Improvement: A resource of robust indicators to help local clinical teams select indicators for local quality improvement.

Prescribing indicators: The Prescribing Toolkit contains sets of data (Indicators and Comparators) likely to be routinely required by those working with prescribing issues in primary care.

Social care and mental health indicators from the National Indicator Set (Opens in a new window): These indicators underpin the new performance framework for local government and meet the Government's commitment to introduce a clear set of national outcomes and a single set of national indicators by which to measure them. The first official year for these indicators is 2008-09. You can find official statistics on these indicators in our Catalogue, and the data behind them is available through the National Adult Social Care Intelligence Service (NASCIS) online analytical tool.

Official statistics

Our official publications cover a range of topics from GP earnings to the number of school children who have taken drugs. Subsets include new, or experimental, statistics, and national statistics determined by the Office of National Statistics. Official statistics are all listed on our Publications Calendar, and you can search for official statistics by subject, year, and other criteria using our catalogue.


In addition to official statistics, the HSCIC is often asked to provide additional research on various topics. You can browse these other reports and statistics in our catalogue.

Clinical Audits

These national audits are designed to measure the quality of patient care and improvements over time. Each audit looks at the care patients are receiving and gives clinicians reliable, valid information that helps them review their performance and identify areas where they can make improvements. Audits can be searched and browsed via our catalogue.


The HSCIC publishes results from surveys of both patients and health and social care staff on everything from experience to treatment results and lifestyles. You can find publication on survey results in our catalogue and we also offer a custom Survey Service.


We support the delivery of IT infrastructure, information systems and standards to ensure information flows efficiently and securely across the health and social care system, to improve patient outcomes. A list of all systems and tools we provide in available in the Systems section of our website.


If our standard publications and systems don't provide the information you need, there is always the opportunity to use our services to create a custom data set to your requirements, or link multiple existing data sets to provide integrated results. See our  Services page for more information on that and our other services.

NHS Choices and their services are now also part of the Health and Social Care Information Centre as of 1 August 2013.

Charges for services

For more information on charges for services, see:

Data Linkage and Extract Service

Charges for 1939 Register Service

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