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Information Standards and Collections (Including Extractions) - National Governance

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Welcome to the Standardisation Committee for Care Information (SCCI) web pages.

The Committee oversees the development, assurance and approval of information standards, data collections, and data extractions.

SCCI takes its membership from a wide range of national bodies and organisations involved in the provision and management of health and care services in England. This ensures a system-wide, joined up approach to decision making. 

The importance of information standards

Standards are key to:

  • enabling the use of data, information and technology in health and social care
  • bringing consistency to the information used to make decisions about health and social care provision
  • facilitating interoperability between IT systems

In order to influence the development of standards, we encourage patients and citizens to "get involved" in the health and social care system.

The legal context

As a consequence of the Health and Social Care Act 2012:

  • information standards have a legal status, with the Secretary of State for Health and NHS England empowered to publish an information standard to which providers and commissioners of publicly funded health and social care services must have regard
  • HSCIC was given powers to establish information systems for the collection or analysis of information

Within this context, the National Information Board (NIB) provides national, integrated commissioning arrangements for informatics services for health and social care in England.

SCCI is responsible to NIB for the identification, commissioning and successful implementation of information standards, collections and extractions.

Secretariat support for SCCI

A dedicated team within HSCIC provides secretariat support to the Committee. Please use this link for details of the secretariat team's responsibilities and how to contact them.

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