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Additional information for digital leaders - April 2023

12 April 2023: Find out about the National Care Records Service, retiring the Care Identity Service, the Digital Health Leadership programme and more

Try the National Care Records Service today

The National Care Records Service (NCRS) is replacing the Summary Care Record application (SCRa).

All SCRa users will need to switch to NCRS before 29 September 2023. The switchover to NCRS is quick and simple with the right software installed on the users’ device, it can be as easy as changing a web link.

NCRS provides a quick, secure way to access national patient information and it is free to use. Find out how to make the switch.


Retiring the Care Identity Service

We are retiring the Care Identity Service (CIS), which is used by health and care professionals in England to securely access national clinical systems.

It’s being replaced by the Care Identity Service 2 (CIS2). The new service will enable internet-first access and allow new methods of authentication beyond smartcards.

IT suppliers are also updating their products to use CIS2, and national services, including the NHS e-Referral Service, will move to it by September 2023. Services will be contacting their users about the switchover and any actions they need to take.

Find out more.


Do you use SNOMED CT in your secondary care organisation?

We want to understand the experience and current burden of using and maintaining the SNOMED CT terminology and its related value sets across secondary care settings in England. This will inform our development of a future SNOMED CT strategy.

Please help by completing this survey, which closes on 14 April 2023.


Applications open for the Digital Health Leadership Programme

The NHS Digital Academy’s Digital Health Leadership Programme is now open to applicants employed in England.

The programme is a centrally funded, 12-month fully accredited postgraduate diploma (PGDip) in Digital Health Leadership delivered by Imperial College London and partners.

You can join a webinar to find out more about the application process and assessment criteria. Applications close on 14 May 2023.


Blog: What does the future NHS Spine look like?

Shan Rahulan and Mark Burton describe plans to modernise the Spine platform and invite IT professionals to help shape the future.


Blog: Our API Developer Community is growing

Thasmim Ali, Product Owner of our API Developer Community, talks about how we’ve improved support for teams integrating with our products and services – and outlines our next steps.


Video: Supporting the digital workforce

NHS England’s Director of Digital Workforce, Yinka Makinde, reflects on the achievements made during the Year of the Digital Profession, and looks ahead to the upcoming Digital Workforce Plan that aims to narrow the skills gap between digital, data, technology and clinical informatics roles in health and care.


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NHS Digital Content and Creative team

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Last edited: 18 April 2023 11:10 am