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Community Information Data Set

What is the Community Information Data Set?

With a total yearly investment of more than £11 billion, Community Services make up 10 per cent of the NHS budget. Local and national comparative data can be used to improve Community Services by informing commissioning decisions and the management of services.

The Community Information Data Set (CIDS) is a patient level, output based, secondary uses data set which will deliver robust, comprehensive, nationally consistent and comparable person-based information on patients who are in contact with Community Services. As a secondary uses data set it intends to re-use clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care. It defines the data items, definitions and associated value sets to be extracted or derived from local systems.

Please note that CIDS remains for local data collection and data extraction only. The central flow of this data set will be the subject of a future Information Standards Notice (ISN).

When do I need to implement the Community Information Data Set?

The ISN that will mandate the national submission of the revised CIDS data is now not due until 2015. In order to support local care providers and bring CIDS in line with the Children and Young People's Health Services (CYPHS) data set an interim ISN will be published in 2014/15. This interim ISN will modify the local collection only as defined in the original ISN (see link below) and will not mandate the central flow of CIDS data.

How do I implement the data set?

The CIDS data set defines an output standard; it does not represent a definitive list of data items and values which may need to be captured for care delivery, merely a subset to which local data should be mapped for local extraction and analysis purposes. Community care providers will have the flexibility to adopt any local data collection process and employ whichever IT system that is capable of extracting data in accordance with the output specification.

Once national submissions begin, the CIDS data set will be primarily submitted using an XML format. Further details will be published as soon as they become available.

What do suppliers of community IT systems need to do?

  • Suppliers of community systems should ensure that systems are able to capture and/or derive the data items defined in the existing standard. Suppliers must also become fully compliant with the new standard during 2014/15.

What do providers of community services need to do?

  • Providers of community services should capture the revised information within the Community Information Data Set (CIDS) from the date specified in the interim ISN which will be published in 2014/15.
  • All providers of community services must be fully conformant with this standard capturing the information required by 2015.


You can use our information and tools to help implement the community information data set in your organisation.

Organisational assessment and planning tools

word icon CIDS Implementation Planning Template [340kb]

You can use this planning template to plan your organisation's activity for implementing the CIDS. The resulting plan should give a high level picture of how your organisation intends to tackle this implementation within the anticipated timescales.

word icon CIDS Readiness Assessment Tool [151kb]

You can use this readiness assessment tool to measure your organisation's CIDS Implementation progress. This spans a baseline assessment, regular reviews and a final review to report successful implementation.

xls icon CIDS System Conformance Checklist [242kb]

You can review systems against CIDS data items by both your organisation and your system supplier.

Guidance documents

pdf icon CIDS User Guidance [482kb]

The User Guidance describes how the information standard should be interpreted by service providers, IT system suppliers and other stakeholders. It helps users understand the scope of the standard and how it should be implemented locally. Please note that this document is currently in draft form and is subject to future updates to allow us to address any issues or queries which users raise.

Data Model and Specification

pdf icon CIDS Data Model v2.5 [63kb]

Single page data model of the CIDS for use with the CIDS specification and other documents.

xls icon CIDS Technical Output Specification v2.5 [627kb]

Detailed specification of each CIDS data item, including linkage items used to link each data group.

CIDS information standard

Download the Information Standards Notice (1510252010isn) [80kb]

Read further standard documents on the ISB website (external). (Opens in a new window)

Data Quality

Information on data quality will be made available to providers once they begin to submit data nationally. We will make data available to other parties as soon as the data quality and coverage are sufficient to provide a robust national picture.

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