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How we make decisions

This section contains details of public meetings, consultations, and groups that help us make decisions.

Board meetings

Public sessions of the Board of the HSCIC are held regularly.  Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe these meetings. The Board meetings page contains upcoming dates and agendas.


For details of our current and past consultations, please see our Consultations section in News and events.

Data Access Advisory Group (DAAG)

The Data Access Advisory Group (DAAG) is an independent group hosted by the Health and Social Care Information Centre which considers applications for sensitive or identifiable data. Find out how to apply to be on DAAG and when upcoming meetings are.


The Health and Social Care (HSC) Act sets out the powers of the Secretary of State and NHS England to direct the HSCIC to carry out additional functions concerning:

  • Information functions
  • The information functions of any health or social care body
  • Systems delivery functions.

The following directions have been issued:

NHS Choices

Collection and analysis of primary care data

Data Services for Commissioners

pdf icon Learning Disability Census [421kb]

pdf icon Annual Accounts [237kb]

Department of Health HSCIC Framework Agreement

The relationship between the Department of Health and the Health and Social Care Information Centre is defined in the pdf icon Framework Agreement [522kb].

The Department of Health's Strategic Objectives for the Health and Social Care Information Centre: April 2014 to March 2015

pdf icon HSCIC Statement of Strategic Objectives [103kb]

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