Frequently asked questions

  1. What is an information standard?
  2. What is the Standardisation Committee for Care Information (SCCI)?
  3. How do I submit an idea for an information standard?
  4. What happens after I have submitted an idea for an information standard?
  5. How long after my need has been approved will it take for the standard to be developed?
  6. How can I contact the Information Standards team?
  7. What role does NHS England have in setting standards for the NHS and wider health and social care system?
  8. What other UK or International standards bodies are NHS England involved with?
  9. Where can I view information on existing standards?

1.  What is an information standard?

Information Standards (including data collections and extractions) are an agreed set of rules, a consistent method or process for capturing, processing, managing and sharing of data and information.

Within the NHS and the wider health and social care system the term Information Standards also cover the specifications used to Collect and Extract data from information technology systems. Collections and Extractions are defined data sets that can then be used to measure or conduct analysis of particular areas of interest.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 provides a robust legal framework for the use and application of individual information standards, data collections or extractions.

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2.  What is the Standardisation Committee for Care Information (SCCI)?

The Standardisation Committee for Care Information is the body charged with approving new information standards. The background page provides more information on SCCI.

The committee’s membership is drawn from a range of organisations within the health and social care sector, for more information visit the SCCI website.

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3.  How do I submit an idea for an information standard?

You can use the submission form on the infostandards.org website to suggest your idea.

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4.  What happens after I have submitted an idea for an information standard?

After you have submitted your idea it will be directed to the Idea to Need (I2N) team at the NHS Digital website where it will be assessed for its potential to become a new information standard. If further information is needed the I2N team will contact you.

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5.  How long after my need has been approved will it take for the standard to be developed?

A typical timeframe for development of an information standard is 9-12 months but this can vary depending on the complexity of the standard being developed. More details about the process for developing and implementing information standards can be found on the NHS Digital website.

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6.  How can I contact the Information Standards team?

You can contact the team by emailing england.informationstandards@nhs.net.

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7.  What role does NHS England have in setting standards for the NHS and wider health and social care system?

NHS England supports and promotes the development of information standards by commissioning their development.  In most but not all cases NHS England will commission the Health and Social Care Information Centre to develop an information standard.  NHS England is responsible for making sure that public money is spent effectively in commissioning new information standards through, for example, funding provided by the Department of Health.

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8.  What other UK or International standards bodies are NHS England involved with?

NHS England, through its Information Standards Team, has links to and involvement with a range of bodies including –

9.  Where can I view information on existing standards?

For information standards approved after 1 April 2014 these can be found on the NHS Digital website. For standards approved prior to 1 April 2014 these can be found on the Information Standards Board website.

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