In February 2023 NHS Digital merged with NHS England. NHS Digital had responsibility for designing and operating national data infrastructure and digital systems. It safely and securely collected, analysed, and disseminated data from health and adult social care services in England and in some cases, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. NHS England also collects, analyses and disseminates data from health services.
The Government has used the powers in the Health and Care Act 2022 to make regulations to transfer the statutory functions of NHS Digital, to NHS England.
NHS England has become the single executive non-departmental government body with responsibility for digital technology, data and health service delivery in the NHS.
NHS England has assumed responsibility for all activities previously undertaken by NHS Digital. This includes running the key national IT systems which support health and social care, as well as the collection, analysis, publication and dissemination of data generated by health and social care services, to improve outcomes.
This is a guide explaining how NHS England will continue to be an effective and secure guardian of public data, when it assumes responsibility for these activities.