Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

The HTA Burden Reduction Plan

The primary purpose of the health and social care system is to improve outcomes for people who use its services. The new health and care system has been designed to give greater influence to citizens and service users. Everyone involved in health, public health and social care needs access to accurate and timely information to carry out their duties. We also have a public duty to collaborate in the interests of good care and outcomes, and in the interests of efficiency and productivity. We must obtain that information efficiently, so that it is not at the expense of direct care to people who need the services. As far as possible, this will be done by ensuring the information is captured as part of the care-giving process, is recorded in standard ways, and is capable of being extracted automatically to remove the need for separate collection or reporting processes.

Purpose of the Burden Reduction Plan

Following the recommendations from the NHS Confederation in their report on reducing burdens in November 2013, a set of core principles (a concordat) governing the collection of data from NHS bodies, to secure a more collaborative and systematic approach to data collections across the health and social care system was put together and signed by DH and each ALB. To further support and strengthen the BRP activity, George Freeman MP wrote to all ALB Chief Executive Officers requesting commitment to the development of a 2016/17 Burden Reduction Plan.

In summary the concordat for reducing burden asks DH and its ALBs to:

  • collect data which is proportionate and with a clear business purpose
  • not duplicate other data collections
  • work through the HSCIC as the national base for all data
  • review the need to collect the data regularly

This burden reduction plan has been put together to share wider the Human Tissue Authority’s plans to minimise and reduce burden and to monitor successes.

Download the Burden Reduction Plan


Last updated on: 1 Sep 2016