NHS Data Model and DictionaryNHS Digital
Version No:1.0
Subject:GDPR Patch
Effective Date:Immediate
Reason for Change:New pages to support GDPR
Publication Date:22 May 2018


This patch adds information to the NHS Data Model and Dictionary to support the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) .

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Summary of changes:

Supporting Information
ACCESSIBILITY   New Supporting Information
COOKIES   New Supporting Information
COPYRIGHT STATEMENT   Changed Description
PRIVACY NOTICE   New Supporting Information
TERMS AND CONDITIONS   New Supporting Information
DOSEARCH   Changed attached binary file
SEARCH   Changed attached binary file

Date:22 May 2018
Sponsor:Alex Elias, Information Representation Services Director, NHS Digital

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This website aims to conform to the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C's) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, conformance level AA, and we are committed to further improving accessibility.

Text size and colour

Changing font sizes and colour

Changing fonts can be useful for you if you have low vision, and need larger fonts or high contrast colours. You can change the font size, style and colour, and choose an alternative colour for links. You can also change background and foreground colours.

Changing fonts in Internet Explorer
  • If you are using Internet Explorer on a PC, select the View menu at the top of your window
  • To change font size, scroll down and select the Text size option
  • Alternatively, if you have a wheel mouse, hold down the CTRL key and use the wheel to interactively scale the font size
  • To ignore font and background colours choose the Internet options from the Tools menu at the top of the window
  • On the general tab of the window that appears, click the Accessibility button
  • This takes you to a menu where you can choose to ignore the way the page is formatted
  • Then return to the Internet options menu, and use the Colours and Fonts buttons to set your preferences
Changing fonts in Firefox
  • Click on 'View' on the menubar
  • Then select 'Zoom'
  • Select 'Zoom In' or 'Zoom Out'
  • Alternatively, if you have a wheel mouse, hold down the CTRL key and use the wheel to interactively scale the font size
  • Keyboard shortcuts of CTRL plus - and CTRL plus + are also available
  • To change the font style, size or colour, choose 'Tools', 'Options' and then the 'Content' tab
Changing fonts in Chrome
  • From the browser, select Preferences from the Edit menu at the top of the window
  • Click on Web content and uncheck the Show style sheets option
  • Return to the list of preferences and choose Web browser
  • Click on Language/Fonts and choose the size you need

Keyboard navigation

Arrow keys can be used to scroll up or down the page. You can use your Tab key to move between links, and press Return or Enter to select one. To go back to the previous page, use the Backspace key.



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Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the website.

Most web browsers allow some control of cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see which have been set, and how to manage and delete them, visit All About Cookies.org.

If you do nothing other than read pages or download information, we will capture and store information about your visit. This information will not identify you, it relates to:

  • the internet domain (such as www.bbc.co.uk) and Internet Protocol (IP) address from which you access the website
  • the type of browser (for example, Chrome or Internet Explorer) and operating system (for example, Windows or Macintosh) you use
  • the date and time of your visit
  • the pages you visit
  • the address of the website from which you linked to us (if applicable).

How we use your information

This information helps to improve our service. We do not know (and do not wish to know) the identities of the individuals who visit our website, unless it is via a specific login for subscribed services.



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Copyright © NHS Digital.

For more guidance on copyright see http://digital.nhs.uk/terms-and-conditions.For more guidance on copyright see Terms and Conditions.

If you have any queries on copyright and crown copyright, please contact the Data Access and Information Sharing team via the Contact Centre at: enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.



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This privacy notice tells you what to expect when NHS Digital collects personal information on this system.

Personal information

By providing us with your details, you are giving your consent that your personal information may be processed for the purposes necessary to conduct and improve our services. When collecting your personal information we will explain what we intend to do with it.

How we use your information

This information helps to improve our service. We do not know (and do not wish to know) the identities of the individuals who visit our website, unless it is via a specific login for subscribed services.

Receiving communications from NHS Digital

If you do not wish to receive any information from us please let us know at the point you first contact us or by emailing information.standards@nhs.net.

If you already receive correspondence from the website, and no longer want to, please email information.standards@nhs.net.

If you would like your account and details to be removed, email information.standards@nhs.net and we will remove your details from this website and, if applicable, cancel any subscriptions you have on this system. However, records of any downloads made by your account may be retained for logging and audit purposes.

Data Protection within NHS Digital

In order to meet our public task as the national source of health and social care information, NHS Digital collects and process a range of information relating to individuals in their capacity as service users or patients. This includes information on:

  • public health
  • audits and performance
  • mental health
  • primary care
  • hospital care
  • adult social care
  • the NHS workforce and estates.

In addition to the above, NHS Digital collects and processes information relating to its customers and stakeholders for business purposes. All personal information is handled with the utmost care and attention — whether on paper, electronically, or other means — and safeguards are in place to ensure that we adhere to the Data Protection Act 1998.

NHS Digital regards the fair and lawful processing of personal information as essential in order to successfully achieve its objectives and ensure the support and confidence of the general public and stakeholders.

Notification is a statutory requirement and every organisation that processes personal information must notify the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), unless they are exempt. Failure to notify is a criminal offence.

As a data controller, NHS Digital provides the ICO with details about their processing of personal information. The ICO publishes certain details in the register of data controllers, including the name and address of data controllers and a description of the kind of processing they do. You can read this register on the ICO website.

The Principles of The Data Protection Act 1998, as set out below are fully endorsed by NHS Digital. The eight principles require that personal information:

  1. Shall be processed fairly and lawfully and, in particular, shall not be processed unless specific conditions are met.
  2. Shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be further processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose or those purposes.
  3. Shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose or purposes for which they are processed.
  4. Shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date.
  5. Shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for the specified purpose or purposes.
  6. Shall be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects under the Act.
  7. Should be subject to appropriate technical and organisational measures to prevent the unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data, or the accidental loss, destruction, or damage to personal data.
  8. Shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.

Access to your personal information

You are entitled to obtain a copy of the personal information held about you by NHS Digital. Any request to access or obtain a copy of this information will be considered under Section 7 of the Data Protection Act.

To make a request for personal information, email enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk or write to:

Information Governance Compliance Team
NHS Digital
1 Trevelyan Square
Boar Lane

Information security

There are robust security measures in place for all personal information held by NHS Digital to protect against the loss or alteration of information under the organisation's control. If you have any questions about our privacy notice or the information we hold please contact us at the above address.

Other websites

This privacy notice only relates to information that we obtain from you on this website. If you visit a different website through a link included on this site, your information may be used differently by the operator of the linked website. When you are moving to another website you are advised to read the privacy notice on that website.



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Use of this website is governed by these terms and conditions.

  1. Copyright and database rights in the NHS Digital Content are released free-of-charge under the current version of the Open Government Licence (“OGL”), except where specified, either in these terms and conditions, elsewhere on this website or in the OGL terms. This licence does not extend to any other intellectual property rights, including but not limited to patents, design rights and trade marks. If there is any conflict between the OGL terms and these terms and conditions these terms and conditions shall take precedence.
  2. This means that you can use NHS Digital Content, including copying it, adapting it, and using it for any purpose, including commercially, provided you follow these terms and conditions and the terms of the OGL.
  3. The OGL terms do not apply to the following categories of NHS Digital Content, and therefore these must not be used without our or the relevant owner’s prior consent:
    • Any logos, visuals, image rights, trade marks, trade names and design styles (except where these are integral to a document or data set) of NHS Digital, or any predecessor or linked body, as well as of any partner or contributor.
    • Information Standards. NHS Digital permits the copying and re-use of Information Standards, in whole or in part, for commercial and non-commercial purposes but, to protect the integrity of the Information Standards, you are not permitted to adapt, amend or decompile the Information Standards for any purpose without our prior consent.
    • Software, source code and any technical documentation relating to software or source code except where released on the Health Developer Network, a public repository on GitHub, or any other platform we may specify from time-to-time.
    • Information owned by third parties which we are not authorised to licence on to you. This information will be clearly marked. If in doubt, email information.standards@nhs.net.
    • Information gained through any services or sections on this website (or linked websites) which can only be accessed by logged-in users.
    • Any information which is marked as being under a different licence, or not for release.
  4. If you do use any NHS Digital Content you must attribute it with the following statement:

    “Information from NHS Digital, licensed under the current version of the Open Government Licence.”

    or in cases where the NHS Digital Content is combined, adapted, or otherwise modified in line with these terms and conditions:

    “Contains information from NHS Digital, licensed under the current version of the Open Government Licence.”

    By using any NHS Digital Content you accept and agree to the following terms:

    • You must not alter, adapt, edit or modify any NHS Digital branding where this is integral to a document or data set.
    • If you do alter, adapt, edit or modify any NHS Digital Content in accordance with these terms and conditions, where possible, you should remove the NHS Digital branding.
    • You may not directly or indirectly suggest any endorsement or approval by NHS Digital of your website or any non-NHS Digital entity, product or content or any views expressed within your website or service.
    • NHS Digital has absolute editorial control over all NHS Digital Content and reserves the right to alter, adapt, edit, modify or restrict the availability of NHS Digital Content without prior notice.
    • You should refresh cached content every 24 hours to ensure you have the most up-to-date version.



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For enquiries about this Change Request, please email information.standards@nhs.net