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Data flows transition

This page provides information for health and social care organisations on the current position in relation to legal access to personal 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.

Register of Stage One Accredited Safe Havens.

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.

pdf icon CAG 2-03(a)/2013 NHS England approval advice outcome letter - October 2013 update [193kb]

Accredited Safe Haven Accreditation Process

pdf icon Accredited Safe Haven Accreditation Process Stage 1, June 2013 [141kb]

Register of Stage One Accredited Safe Havens.

Updated information about continued access to identifiable data in SUS post 30 June 2013.

pdf icon Access to Identifiable Data in SUS post June 2013 [5kb]

Guidance on CAG section 251 support - May 2013

pdf icon Section 251 guidance note [136kb] 

pdf icon CAG 2-03(a)/2013 NHS England approval advice outcome letter [147kb]

Updated guidance on Clinical Commissioning Group and Commissioning Support Unit access to SUS under Section 251 approval - 26 April 2013

pdf icon Registration Authority Letter 260413 [118kb]

pdf icon SUS User Letter 260413 [83kb]

pdf icon Organisations with Approval to Access PCD in SUS 090513 [17kb] 

Advisory note and FAQs

pdf icon Public Health Access to Data advisory note April 13 [159kb]

pdf icon Information Governance for Commissioning advisory note April 13 [256kb] 

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)

pdf icon Access to SUS data flows for CSUs and CCGs April 13 [157kb]

pdf icon PIAG 2-05 (b) 2007 Amendment approval letter [150kb] 

pdf icon List Of specified CCGs [87kb]

If you have any comments, questions or feedback on the above materials please email quoting 'Data Flows' as the subject title.

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