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Health and Social Care Organisation Reference Data

About this information standard

The information standard provides reference data about the Organisations that comprise the health and social care services, including non-direct-care Organisations, primarily in England but also in the other UK-constituent countries.

NHS Digital, as issuing authority, has proposed a series of modifications to the existing organisation data interface in order to address some long-standing issues around: the imminent exhaustion of allowable code ranges; inflexibility around relationships and metadata about organisations; an outdated approach to release file formats and publication. These aim to address the known issues and increase the quality, flexibility and long-term viability of the data. They encompass:

  • unique identifiers, with a single, unified standard structure of 5 alternating alphabetic and numeric characters (ANANA) with no inherent meaning
    • concepts previously indicated through identifier structure will be addressed with new meta-data
  • new meta-data for Primary Role and non-Primary Role(s) (encompassing Organisation Type and Subtype concepts respectively)
  • new meta-data for Relationships providing context via a set of Relationship Names
  • increased release frequency and simplified structure
  • move from flat-file CSV format, to XML.

This release also introduces a change of name for the information standard. SCCI0090 was originally named Organisation Data Service after the issuing authority and service that maintains Organisation Reference Data. As this change has re-baselined the subject data and introduced a new approach, it establishes SCCI0090 as the fundamental information standard for Organisation. To complement this, the opportunity has been taken to rename it Health and Social Care Organisation Reference Data, to be more representative of the subject data.

This information standard is published under Section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. An Information Standards Notice (see below) provides an overview of scope and implementation timescales, and the Specification and Implementation Documents provide further detail for those who have to implement the information standard.

Current Release

Release date17/08/2016
Release numberAmd 24/2015
Release titleFundamental Standard: Initial Release
Key documents
Supporting documents
Further InformationOrganisation Data Service
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