NHS Digital Aggregate Collections Survey

Closed 30 Nov 2021

Opened 11 Oct 2021


In September 2020, the Data Alliance Partnership Board (DAPB) was instructed by the Secretary of State (SoS) to reduce data collection burden on the frontline.

NHS Digital, as a member of the DAPB, are undertaking a number of initiatives as part of a Burden Reduction Programme to support this instruction. This survey, run by the Data Liaison Service, relates to an initiative to review the aggregate collections managed within NHS Digital to identify opportunities for burden reduction.

One of the focus areas is to identify aggregate data collections that could appropriately be recreated from existing/planned record level data and understand any associated chanllenges to achieve this. This could reduce the burden of submitting duplicate aggregate data whilst increasing the benefits of the record level data already routinely collected - collect once, use many times.

Our national NHS data sets collect information from care records, systems, and organisations on specific areas of health and care, at an individual level, whether it be patients/workforce etc. In the survey we refer to these as record level data sets.

For information: Secretary of State’s speech covering Data Alliance Partnership’s role in burden reduction: Busting bureaucracy for people working on the frontline - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Why your views matter

We are coming to you, as experts in your data collection, to gain a better understanding of your existing data requirements and whether record level data could appropriately support these.

This survey will give you the opportunity to share your knowledge, advise on any work that may have already been undertaken in this area and to feed into our analysis on the aggregate collections.


We need you to complete the survey by 30 November 2021.

Need help?

For support with completing the survey or to request an alternative format, please contact dataliaison@nhs.net

Thank you for your time and continued support!


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  • Heads of Information
  • Information Managers


  • Data Collections