Definitions of data types processed at the CCG
We use the following types of information / data:
This contains details that identify individuals even from one data item or a combination of data items. The following are demographic data items that are considered identifiable such as name, address, NHS Number, full postcode, date of birth. Under GDPR, this now includes location data and online identifiers.
Special Categories of Personal Data (previously known as Sensitive Data)
This is personal data consisting of information as to: race, ethnic origin, political opinions, health, religious beliefs, trade union membership, sexual life and previous criminal convictions. Under GDPR, this now includes biometric data and genetic data.
Personal Confidential Data
This term came from the Caldicott review undertaken in 2013 and describes personal information about identified or identifiable individuals, which should be kept private or secret. It includes personal data and special categories of data but it is adapted to include dead as well as living people and ‘confidential’ includes both information ‘given in confidence’ and ‘that which is owed a duty of confidence’.
Pseudonymised Data or Coded Data
Individual-level information where individuals can be distinguished by using a coded reference, which does not reveal their ‘real world’ identity. When data has been pseudonymised it still retains a level of detail in the replaced data by use of a key / code or pseudonym that should allow tracking back of the data to its original state.
This is data about individuals but with all identifying details removed. Data can be considered anonymised when it does not allow identification of the individuals to whom it relates, and it is not possible that any individual could be identified from the data by any further processing of that data or by processing it together with other information which is available or likely to be available.
This is statistical information about multiple individuals that has been combined to show general trends or values without identifying individuals within the data
The CCG receives the following datasets from providers:
Primary Care Data
As many people's first point of contact with the NHS, around 90 per cent of patient interaction is with primary care services. In addition to GP practices, primary care covers dental practices, community pharmacies and high street optometrists. Primary Care Data relates to information which has been sourced from these types of services.
Secondary Care Data
Secondary Care means treatment and care of a specialised medical service by clinicians, for example, specialist doctors and nurses, within a health facility or hospital on referral by a primary care clinician such as your GP. Secondary Care data relates to information which has been sourced from these types of services.
Secondary Uses Service (SUS) Data
The Secondary Uses Service (SUS) is the single, comprehensive repository for healthcare data in England which enables a range of reporting and analyses to support the NHS in the delivery of healthcare services. When a patient or service user is treated or cared for, information is collected which supports their treatment. SUS data is useful to commissioners and providers of NHS-funded care for 'secondary' purposes – this is use of data other than for direct or 'primary' clinical care.
For further information about SUS, please visit:
Community Care / Social Care Data
Community care data includes data from social care services covering both adults and children.