We are the national provider of information, data and IT systems for commissioners, analysts and clinicians in health and social care.
Who we are
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was set up as an executive non-departmental public body in April 2013.
We employ 2,500 staff (full-time equivalent), mostly IT specialists, programme and project managers, statisticians, analysts and information security experts. We have offices around England and work closely with the Department of Health and other health and social care organisations.
We’re responsible for:
- collecting, analysing and presenting national health and social care data
- publishing a register of all the information we collect and produce
- setting up and managing national IT systems that handle and produce this information
- setting standards and guidelines in the field of data collection and reporting
- publishing a set of rules on how the personal confidential information of patients should be looked after
- creating indicators that can be used to measure the quality of health and care services
- helping health and care organisations improve the quality of the data they collect and send to us
Our priorities for 2014 to 2015 are to:
- reduce paperwork and bureaucracy for doctors, nurses and care workers
- create national information that can be used by all
- produce fair statistics to help health and care services
- produce information to support healthcare management
- ensure the security of patient information