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Data Recording Advisory Service

In order to quantify, compare, contrast and re-use healthcare information in a meaningful way at a national level, data must be recorded using recognised healthcare data standards, definitions, classifications and terminologies. The information produced from these data can then be used to support strategic decision making which will improve the health of the people of Scotland and support a timely, effective, safe and efficient healthcare service.

The NHS Scotland Data Recording Advisory Service integrates the work of the following areas:

The purpose of this service is to support the healthcare data recording needs of NHS Scotland staff and associated partners through the creation of a centre of expertise to advise on the use and implementation of healthcare standards. Customers include clinicians, project and information managers, clinical coding staff, administrators, healthcare researchers, information analysts and software developers. The Service works with its customers to ensure consistent and accurate recording of data in healthcare systems.

Definitions and Reference Files Service - provides an advisory service to NHS Scotland on the interpretation and application of the definitions, codes and recording rules; principally those that relate to Scottish Morbidity Records (SMRs). The team manages and maintain ISDs National Reference Files which are used in the validation of the national data. The team also manages National Change Control which is a formal process for managing changes to the national datasets. For further information contact:

Definitions and Standards/Change control:
National Reference Information:

 Healthcare Information Standards

The Team provide support in the development and maintenance of Healthcare Information Standards. The Clinical Document Indexing Standards can be found here.

The Compound Healthcare Headings model was developed nationally for local use in partnership with NHS Boards and models a range of national and international resources that can support health and care providers in collecting and sharing information efficiently and effectively across all care settings.

For further information, please contact us on 0131-275-6885 or email

Terminology Services - provides bespoke localised training and advice in a variety of clinical coding classifications and terminologies (e.g. ICD10, OPCS4, Read, SNOMED CT). The team operates a Coding and Terminology Advisory Service (Tues-Thurs 9am-5pm, tel 0131-275-7283 or email Janice Watson ) and provides a central request facility for new clinical codes and terms. The Service regularly publishes Scottish Clinical Coding Standards and manages the introduction of new or updated national classifications and terminologies to NHS Scotland. Contact Janice Watson for further information.

In addition the Data Recording Advisory Service is available to assist significant system developments within or across NHS Boards by supporting developments such as PMS and the Clinical Portal to safely exchange information on the basis of shared meaning.

For more information please contact the appropriate area above or for general enquiries, email:    

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