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Health and Social Care Integration

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Health and Social Care Data Integration and Intelligence Project


The social care dataset is a routine collection which can be used to cost social care activity and be linked with routinely collected health data including; acute, mental health and geriatric long stay hospital admissions, A&E attendances, hospital outpatient appointments, community prescribing and community health along with NRS deaths. The dataset provides the basis for a wide array of analysis of resource consumption and outcomes across health and social care from individual level up to national level.

The dataset was designed to be flexible and developed in line with the integration landscape. This ensures that Health and Social Care Partnerships have the flexibility to submit data that they feel will benefit from linked analysis and facilitate their joint commissioning and strategic planning needs.

Data Submission

A consultation period on the dataset took place from May to July 2014. The collection of social care data went live from April 2015 for those Health and Social Care Partnerships that have signed their Information Sharing Agreement (ISA). For further information on information governance and ISA's please email

Data is submitted into the social care datamart via Globalscape, a secure file transfer system. Staff with responsibility for submitting social care data require a Globalscape account. For further information on data submission, Globalscape or to request a Globalscape account please email

Reference Documents

Download: Dataset Definitions and Recording Guidance Version 1.2 Download PDF file [714 Kb]

Download: Data Specification Version 1.2 Download PDF file [668 Kb]

Download: Globalscape Guidance Version 1.1 Download PDF file [392 Kb]

Download: Submission Timetable Download PDF file [252 Kb]

File submission templates are available upon request. Please email

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