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NHS: Databases

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 31887, tabled on 6 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS England plans to conduct a public consultation on the (a) nature and (b) remit of the Federated Data Platform before the invitation to tender for the platform is published.

Answered on

12 July 2022

NHS England has no plans to do so.

However, ‘Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data,’ published in June 2022, commits to improve trust in the health and care system’s use of data. This includes engagement with the public and stakeholders on data programmes and projects, such as research and development, General Practice Data for Planning and Research and the Federated Data Platform.

We plan to engage through methods including surveys, large-scale public engagement and focus groups, which will inform a public campaign in early 2023 on how the National Health Service uses data to improve the lives of patients. A specific theme of the engagement programme will focus on Secure Data Environments, including the Federated Data Platform.

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