Policy paper

Data collection for health and social care: burden reduction plan

Sets out a more collaborative and systematic approach to data collections across the health and social care system.


Burden Reduction Plan


Following recommendations in ‘Challenging bureaucracy’ (2013) from the NHS Confederation, the Department of Health and Arm’s Length Bodies agreed to forming a more coordinated and collaborative way to collect data and to govern data collection from NHS bodies.

The burden reduction plan sets out how data will be collected and what has already been achieved. The aim is to:

  • collect proportionate data that has a clear business purpose
  • prevent duplication of other data collections
  • review the need to collect the data regularly

This work will be done through NHS Digital (formerly known as Health and Social Care Information Centre) – the national base for all data.

Published 29 April 2016