To help us fulfil our legal obligations, we receive information from NHS Digital with information on birth and death registrations and hospital admissions.
Civil Registrations (Births and Deaths) data contain identifiable data which is required when linking into other datasets to investigate specific areas of concern or to verify the statistics produced. These fields are:
- postcode of usual residence
- place of birth text and postcode
- postcode of place of death
- NHS number
- date of birth
- date of death
- date of registration
- name of certifier
- name of coroner
- birth weight
- cause(s) of death
Hospital episode statistics (HES) data contain pseudonymised/ anonymised data which is not linked into other datasets and does not allow identification of individuals. A maximum of ten years data will be retained at any point, such that as each new data year is received, the oldest year will be deleted. The Local Authority will securely destroy the oldest data within six weeks of receiving the latest annual dataset.
The legal basis for the use of these data is section 42(4) of the Statistics and Registration Service Act (2007) as amended by section 287 of the Health and Social Care Act (2012) and regulation 3 of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002.