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July 2022

Mental Health Services Data Set v5.0 is now an additional product available to request through DARS. This product does not replace the existing ‘Mental Health Services Data Set’ as MHSDS v5.0 contains data submissions from October 2021 onwards only. Please speak to the Data Applications team for more information on the options available in DARS such as fields included, methods of access, data periods covered.   


February 2022

Help us improve our Secure Data Access Service

NHS Digital is looking for volunteers to take part in user research sessions that will help us improve our service. If you are interested in taking part, please see more details here.


September 2021

Microsoft Internet Explorer is now end-of-life, and Microsoft is withdrawing support for it.  As a result, NHS Digital is no longer offering support for Internet Explorer in its products, and web-based services produced by NHS Digital may not work correctly.  For further information please see the information about Withdrawal of support for Internet Explorer.


August 2021

We are prioritising requests for data relating to managing the pandemic as urgent requirements. This means that other applications or enquiries may be delayed.

In the meantime, please refer to the DARS guidance and standards to ensure you have addressed all the information requested before submitting your application.


May 2020

Charges apply for data applications including COVID19-related data requests.

To support the response to the coronavirus outbreak, NHS Digital has been asked to establish a central collection of GP patient data for COVID-19 purposes for the duration of the coronavirus emergency period, under the COVID-19 Public Health Directions 2020 (COVID-19 Direction). More information about this requirement is contained in the Data Provision Notice (https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital/corporate-information-and-documents/directions-and-data-provision-notices/data-provision-notices-dpns/gpes-data-for-pandemic-planning-and-research) published on 14 May 2020. Access to GPES Data for Pandemic Planning and Research (COVID-19) can now be applied for.

Please be aware that this data set has a specific application process (https://digital.nhs.uk/services/data-access-request-service-dars/gpes-data-process-for-assessing-requests) and data is only available for planning and research for COVID-19 purposes. It is not available for any other purposes.  

The first step is to apply via the NHS X front door at  agem.covid-19datasharing@nhs.net attaching Form E to the email prior to completing your application on DARS online.