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.