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Helping you navigate the health and social care sector

Find out more about us and the other organisations working to improve the use of data and technology in our health and care system.

NHS Digital is the national information and technology partner to the health and care system

Our priorities are:

  • creating technology platforms so that others can build on them. We use open-source software, shared standards, application programming interfaces (APIs), micro-services and reusable data services to support collaboration and innovation
  • transforming our data architecture and services, improving performance so that more complex data sets can flow more quickly and building analytics capabilities using machine learning and natural language processing 
  • making all new services are cloud- and internet- first. We are helping system partners migrate to the cloud quickly and safely
  • working with NHSX to coordinate and control local digital investment and help local and national partners get the best value for money from their IT suppliers
  • continuing to provide the system and our arm’s length body partners with a centre of expertise for the planning, design and delivery of digital and data systems

Other services and organisations you should know about

Market opportunities

Digital marketplace - public sector organisations, including agencies and arm’s length bodies, can use the Digital Marketplace to find people and technology for digital projects.

Crown Commercial Services (CCS) – the biggest public procurement organisation in the UK used by public and third sector buyers  in the UK.

NHS supply chain - NHS supply chain manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products, services and food for NHS trusts and healthcare organisations across England and Wales.

NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) - provide finance, procurement, ICT and employment services to around 40% of the NHS.

Government departments and NHS arm’s length bodies (ALBs)

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) - responsible for government policy on health and adult social care matters in England.

NHSX - a joint unit bringing together teams from DHSC, NHS England and NHS Improvement to drive the digital transformation of care.

NHS England and NHS Improvement - NHS England and NHS Improvement have joined together as a single organisation to better support the NHS and help improve care for patients.

Industry groups

techUK - technology membership organisation.

INTEROPen - interest group for suppliers and NHS customers to promote and implement open information sharing across health and care.

Innovation and funding sources

Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) - regional organisations encouraging innovation in healthcare.

Innovate UK - support businesses develop and realise the potential of new ideas.

Healthcare UK - promote UK healthcare expertise overseas.

NHS Innovation Accelerator - supports the uptake of innovations across the NHS in England.

Last edited: 14 July 2020 12:00 pm