NHS Data Model and Dictionary external consultation September 2020

Closed 22 Sep 2020

Opened 9 Sep 2020


Public sector organisations, including NHS Digital, have a legal duty to make sure websites meet accessibility requirements, to help make sure online public services are accessible to all users, including those with disabilities.

For over 30 years the NHS has used the NHS Data Model and Dictionary as its primary source of data definitions.  It is regularly used by 30,000 people a month, because it underpins the NHS standard contracts and defines many of the data sets flowing to NHS Digital and other arms-length bodies.

We are now working towards the next version and this will be done in several phases including:

  • Changing the tools used to manage and publish the NHS Data Model and Dictionary
  • Introducing new functionality, for example, machine readable code lists
  • Broadening the scope from being predominantly focused on secondary uses of secondary care (NHS) data to supporting all uses of health and care data.

The first of these changes sees a new look responsive and accessible website.

The NHS Data Model and Dictionary Service thanks the Big Data Institute Oxford University for its support providing the Mauro Data Mapper tooling and expertise to publish the NHS Data Model and Dictionary.

Why your views matter

The Data Architecture team at NHS Digital has developed this survey in an attempt to capture your thoughts regarding the NHS Data Model and Dictionary. We would be very grateful if you would complete this survey.  

Please take a look at the beta version of the NHS Data Model and Dictionary using the link below and let us know your thoughts by completing the survey.


There are 16 questions in this survey.  The survey closes at midnight on Tuesday 22 September 2020.


The management system governing the provision of the NHS Data Model and Dictionary Service is ISO 9001:2015 certified.

What happens next

Your views will be used by the development team to help to shape the evolution of the NHS Data Model and Dictionary.


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