This information is provided to the council either direct from the public or by national organisations like NHS Digital, the Office for National Statistics or NHS organisations such as hospitals, GP practices, clinical commissioning groups and local authorities.
Personal information about births is supplied to local authorities by:
NHS Digital (external website)
This contains data provided at the time of registration of birth, along with additional geographic information. This includes the date of birth and NHS number of the child, place and postcode of birth, and address and postcode of usual residence of the mother.
Personal information about deaths is supplied to local authorities by NHS Digital (external website).
This contains mortality data provided at the time of registration of death along with additional GP details, geographic information and coroner details where applicable. This includes the date of birth, date of death, cause of death, place and postcode of death, usual address and postcode of the deceased, their NHS number and maiden name, name of the certifier, and name of coroner (where relevant).
For both birth and mortality records, we have a data access agreement with NHS Digital and data are supplied under Section 42(4) of the SRSA (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.
Hospital episode statistics (HES) data
Information about hospital activity is supplied to local authorities by NHS Digital. This contains data collected when someone is admitted to a hospital bed, attends as an inpatient, outpatient, or attends an urgent care centre. We have a data access agreement with NHS Digital and data are supplied in accordance with section 261 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, and Regulation 3 of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002.
Data supplied are pseudonymised, a process by which information within a data record that may identify an individual is replaced by artificial identifiers or pseudonyms which means that individuals are no longer identifiable. Information held includes age, method of admission, source of admission, diagnosis codes, procedure and investigation codes, area of residence, hospital attended, date of attendance, and GP practice of patient.
More information on this NHS Digital dataset can be found here:
Hospital Episode Statistics - NHS Digital (external website)