Help: Navigation the NHS Data Model and Dictionary

There are many ways to navigate the NHS Data Model and Dictionary.  Below are examples of how to access the information you require and the links to find out more about them: 

If you can't find the item you are looking for there alternative ways of locating it. Quick and Advanced Search Facilities allow for a general text search.

If you are you are interested in the reporting requirements for a specific healthcare area, Data Sets are a useful starting point. For example, organisations interested in reporting Mental Health activity may choose to navigate to the relevant definitions by accessing the Data Collections option.

This lists all the items in the NHS Data Model and Dictionary in alphabetical order.

If you want to understand the standards in relation to a specific area of healthcare, for example, a Referral Request, you can access:

  • Classes; which provide a definition of a Referral Request
  • Attributes; which detail the information recorded for a Referral Request
  • Diagrams; which detail the Classes, Key Attributes and Relationships relevant to a Referral Request.

If you are looking for a recently incorporated information standard or are looking for a specific ISN/DSCN number, the What's New page shows the information standards that have been incorporated into each release of the NHS Data Model and Dictionary. It also provides hyperlinks to the associated Information Standards Notices and Data Set Change Notices.


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  •   Help Pages

If you need help using the NHS Data Model and Dictionary, access the Help pages.