Policy paper

Reducing burden of national requests for information: concordat

A concordat governing the collection of data from NHS bodies in response to the NHS Confederation report on burden and bureaucracy.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



This concordat asks DH and its ALBs to:

  • collect data which is proportionate and with a clear business purpose
  • not duplicate other data collections
  • work through the HSCIC as the national base for all data
  • review the need to collect the data regularly

The following ALBs have signed up to the principles in the concordat:

  • NHS England
  • Monitor
  • NHS Trust Development Authority
  • Care Quality Commission
  • National Institute for Health & Care Excellence
  • Public Health England
  • Health and Social Care Information Centre
  • Health Education England
  • Health Research Authority
  • NHS Blood & Transplant
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • NHS Business Services Authority
  • NHS Litigation Authority
  • Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority
  • Human Tissue Authority

We recognise that ALBs operate in different ways and therefore we have tailored the concordat to suit each ALB. Signing the concordat means that each ALB, and DH, has taken an important step to reduce unnecessary burdens.

Published 19 November 2013