Anonymous data collection of fit notes - HSCIC/DWP
The Health and Social Care Information Cente (HSCIC) have informed us that they will be extracting data from the practice system about fit notes. Any data collected will be anonymous.
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 (the Act) gives the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) statutory powers, under section 259(1), to require data from health or social care bodies or organisations who provide health or adult social care in England, where it has been Directed to establish an information system by the Department of Health (DH) (on behalf of the Secretary of State) or NHS England.
The purpose of the anonymised data collection is to provide the Department for Work and Pensions with information derived from computer generated ‘Med3’ forms, known as fit notes to undertake research analysis to inform policy relating to employment and sickness absence, including evaluation of the new Fit for Work service, which provides an occupational health assessment, and Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit; identify geographic, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and GP practice level differences in sickness absence management to inform policy development and continuous improvement, resulting people returning to work sooner; enable baseline comparisons for the Fit for Work service; use fit note data to build an understanding of the drivers for benefit claiming; and enable CCGs to self-audit their fit note to inform their own policy and commissioning decisions.
For further information, please click on the links below:
ICO information page for the public: www.ico.org.uk/for-the-public
HSCIC information page about collections: www.hscic.gov.uk/article/4963/What-we-collect
HSCIC information pages for the public:
For details on how this data may be used visit: www.gov.uk/dwp/fit-note-data