Research and analysis

Using a consistent identifier - education and children's services

Research on the use of the NHS number as a 'consistent identifier' to make appropriate information sharing easier.

Applies to England



This research report examines the possible effects of imposing new duties under the Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015.

It examines the potential impact on children and young peoples’ education and social care bodies of:

  • using an individual’s NHS number when processing information about them
  • sharing information where that is in the best interests of the individual

A consistent identifier is a code that confirms a person’s identity and enables appropriate information sharing once relevant agreements are in place.

Published 6 July 2016