Data flows transition
Data flows transition
This page provides information for health and social care organisations on the current position in relation to legal access to patient confidential data (PCD). A set of related Frequently Asked Questions is available which will be reviewed and updated as this position changes.
1 November 2013: Update on NHS England's current s251 support for commissioning data flows
The Secretary of State for Health, after receiving advice from the Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG), has approved NHS England's application for a continuation of Section 251 support for the transfer of data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to commissioning organisation Accredited Safe Havens (CAG 2-03(a)/2013) until October 2014.
The scope of the section 251 support has not changed and only covers specific commissioning data flowing from the HSCIC and its Data Services For Commissioning Regional Offices (DSCROs,) to commissioning organisations who have obtained Stage 1 Accredited Safe Haven (ASH) status.
A list of the data flows can be found in the section 251 guidance note (published May 2013) below.
This section 251 support:
- does not cover the data to flow from providers to Accredited Safe Havens
- does not cover the flow of data from GP surgeries in support of risk stratification
- does not cover invoice checking.
NHS England has made separate submissions to CAG in relation to Invoice Validation and Risk Stratification, the outcome of these will be published here and on NHS England's website as soon as they are known.
We will continue to provide advice and guidance on this issue as it develops.
Accredited Safe Haven Accreditation Process
Updated information about continued access to identifiable data in SUS post 30 June 2013.
Guidance on CAG section 251 support - May 2013
Updated guidance on Clinical Commissioning Group and Commissioning Support Unit access to SUS under Section 251 approval - 26 April 2013
Advisory note and FAQs
Provisional arrangements to allow Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) with in-house data processing capabilities and Commissioning Support Units (CSUs) access to SUS data briefing note, copy of the Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG) letter and list of specified CCGS)
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