NHS Digital colleagues are a key audience for the strategy. Matt Neligan says: "To meet the demands of our customers we must invest in our staff. We will do this by supporting our employees to apply the highest level of skill to our data and information services. We will train and equip our workforce not only to respond to customer needs but also empower them to innovate and offer thought leadership in this field.
"Ultimately", he says, "We want our staff to get the right data and information into the hands of those who use it to make a difference and improve care and health outcomes. To achieve this we need to collaborate with our external partners, innovate with our products and services and stimulate the market with thought leadership."
NHS Digital's partners across the health and care system are also a key audience. Our customers and those using data to make a difference to day-to-day services in the health and care system will benefit from this strategy. The strategy sets out our approach to building confidence in our ability to engage with these important partners and to design and deliver the services that they need to help provide great care and improved health outcomes.
Director of Data Science, Daniel Ray, has worked on the strategy's development and is leading many of the new technical developments within the strategy. He says: "The strategy will shift the focus more to the use of information to drive improvement in quality, efficiency and outcomes. We want to provide an interactive and web-based analytics service on the data we hold. Enabling the market to focus on added value and increased innovation to support the health system."
This strategy is owned by NHS Digital and complements the system wide approach developed through the National Information Board Paperless 2020 agenda.
First published: December 2016