Help: NHS Data Model and Dictionary Maintenance Process

The NHS Data Model and Dictionary maintenance process follows the steps listed below:

  • Need Identified
  • Identify Sponsor and Developer
  • Analysis and Data Modelling
  • Draft Change Request
  • Consultation Process
  • Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care (ISB)

This process is described below.

  • Demonstrations

A PowerPoint presentation is also available which will take you through this process. To view this presentation, see the NHS Data Model and Dictionary Maintenance Process.

  • Need Identified

The NHS Data Model and Dictionary Service are approached when changes to information standards are required. This could be the introduction of a new information standard or an amendment, deletion or retirement of an existing one.

  • Identify Sponsor and Developer

The Sponsor and Developer are responsible for producing the documentation to support the Information Standards Notice (ISN), this includes: Standard Specification Implementation Plan Supporting Documents, for example, technical guidance etc.

  • Analysis and Data Modelling

The proposed information standard is analysed against existing standards within the NHS Data Model and Dictionary. Stakeholders are involved during this development stage to clarify and resolve any potential issues.

  • Draft Change Request

The Change Request: is a document that illustrates how the NHS Data Model and Dictionary is impacted by the proposed new standard is reviewed during the Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care appraisal process

  • Consultation Process

A draft Change Request may be made available on the NHS Data Model and Dictionary Service Consultation Website, where stakeholders are invited to comment on the suggested changes. For further information on the Consultation Website, see NHS Data Model and Dictionary Service Consultation Website. Comments are shared with the Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care.

  • Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care (ISB)

The Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care provide an independent mechanism for the assurance and approval of Information Standards for use in the NHS (England).  They ensure that new information standards are implementable, interoperable, fit for purpose and safe when implemented in the NHS and Social Care.

For each change, the Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care (ISB) may:

  1. Reject the Change
  2. Conditionally Approve the Change or
  3. Approve the Change 
     

1. Reject the Change (Change Rejected)

The Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care may reject the change, i.e. the change is not fit for purpose.

2. Conditionally Approve the Change (Further Analysis)

The change could be returned to the Sponsor, Developer and NHS Data Model and Dictionary Service for further analysis and to make changes to the submission documents and Change Request.

3. Approve the Change (Publishing of Information Standards Notices and Updating the NHS Data Model and Dictionary


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