2017 news archive
View our news stories from 2017.
21 December, 2017: A pilot use of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) in selected integrated urgent care settings has been launched, NHS Digital1 has announced.
14 December, 2017: The first primary care provider and third sector organisation have successfully connected to the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN).
15 December, 2017: NHS Digital has published for the first-time data that shows the levels of prescribing antipsychotic drugs to dementia patients.
13 December 2017: Nearly two thirds of men (66 per cent) met national aerobic activity guidelines in 2016 compared to 58 per cent of women2, according to NHS Digital figures released today.
6 December 2017: To help reduce delayed discharges, NHS Digital has announced £1.4m funding for local authorities and their NHS partners to integrate their patient discharge from hospital into local authority social care process.
7 December 2017: A report which includes the numbers of newly registered blind and partially sighted people in England during the 2016/17 financial year has been published today by NHS Digital.
30 November, 2017: A breakdown of statistics on young people who have been referred for treatment or assessment1 with mental health services in England has been published today by NHS Digital2.
27 November, 2017: NHS Digital and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have created a new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to give providers a simple and convenient access to companies that supply Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) services.
23 November, 2017: NHS Digital has established an additional effective system to deliver essential cyber security updates across the whole NHS.
21 November, 2017: NHS Digital has outlined ambitious targets to reduce its carbon footprint following the launch of the Sustainable Development Management Plan.
14 November 2017: An NHS technology team has been given a national award for developing a new product which successfully migrated two billion records, can be updated weekly rather than annually, processes data faster and operates at 20 per cent of the cost of the old system.
09 November 2017: The proportion of pregnant women having a spontaneous labour has decreased over the past year from 57.4 per cent in 2015-16 to 55.1 per cent in 2016-17. Over the same time, the proportion of caesareans undertaken before the onset of labour has increased from 14.7 per cent to 15.5 per cent and induced labours have increased from 27.9 per cent to 29.4 per cent, figures from NHS Digital show.
07 November, 2017: A review that started in January 2015 and concluded in 2016 to assess the appropriateness, effectiveness and operational efficiency of tracing services carried out by NHS Digital has today (7 November) been published.
7 November, 2017: Cervical screening coverage for women eligible for testing has fallen by 0.7 percentage points in the last year, according to statistics published today by NHS Digital.
07 November, 2017: New statistics have been published today on the activities carried out by community pharmacies and appliance contractors2 in England during 2016/17.
44 per cent of 11 to 15-year-old pupils have ever had an alcoholic drink, 19 per cent have ever smoked cigarettes and 24 per cent have ever taken drugs, latest estimates for 2016 published today show.
The number of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards2(DoLS) applications submitted in 2016/17 increased to 217,000, compared with 196,000 the previous year, figures released by NHS Digital today show.
An innovative way to share important information about a child's health has been launched today and will support the prevention of childhood illness, improve health and wellbeing and involve parents more closely in their children's care and development.
26 October, 2017: The first customer has connected to the Health and Social Care Network, which allows health and care organisations to work better together to provide improved care for patients.
Figures released today by NHS Digital provide information on the prevalence of 21 conditions, including asthma, hypertension, dementia, diabetes, and depression.
19 October 2017: The prevalence of obesity has risen for the second successive year from 9.3 per cent in 2015-16 to 9.6 per cent in 2016-17 for children in reception.2
17 October, 2017: The Hospital Accident and Emergency Activity, 2016-17 report combines data from NHS Digital's Hospital Episode Statistics and NHS England's A&E Attendances and Emergency Admissions Monthly Situation Reports in an extensive report into emergency care produced in collaboration by the two organisations.
12 October 2017: An audit report has been published measuring the quality of care and outcomes for women with pre-gestational diabetes who were pregnant in 2016.
Mental Health Act Statistics, Annual Figures 2016/17, is published today by NHS Digital, using a different data source which allows for new insights but restricts comparisons with previous years.
9 October, 2017 The transformative electronic prescription service (EPS) has managed to save the NHS £130 million over three years.
05 October 2017: 70.1 per cent of people receiving social services care feel "as safe as they want" according to the results of a survey published by NHS Digital1 today.
The Estates Return Information Collection (ERIC), published today by NHS Digital, provides information relating to the costs2 of providing, maintaining and servicing the NHS estate.
27 September 2017 Making more use of electronic Summary Care Records could make a big impact on improving patient care, a senior NHS Digital figure will say today.
The Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) - Deaths associated with hospitilisation, England, April 2016 - March 2017: annual report is published today by NHS Digital.
20 September, 2017: The proportion of eligible children receiving their first dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR1) by their fifth birthday has met the World Health Organisation target of 95 per cent for the first time in England in 2016-17.
18 September, 2017: Two hospital trusts and their referring GP practices have become the first in the country to adopt a digital process for booking patient hospital appointments.
14 August 2017 There were 208,400 written complaints received by the NHS during 2016/172 - up 4.9 per cent on the previous year, NHS Digital figures released today show.
A collaborative report between NHS Digital and Ofsted, published today, investigates how sources of early years data can be used together to enrich analysis and insight into child development.
11 September 2017 NHS Digital has announced five new projects that will help thousands of people in England to improve their digital health skills and improve access to technologies to support their health and care.
11 September 2017 Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive of NHS Digital, commenting on Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt's commitment to ensuring patients can access a range of services via an app or browser by the end of 2018, said:
31 August 2017: Mental health and behavioural conditions have accounted for 31% of all fit notes2, where the diagnosis was known3, written in England between December 2014 and March 2017.
15 August, 2017: Annual patient-led assessments of non-clinical elements of care such as food and waiting areas have been published by NHS Digital1 today.
14 August 2017: NHS Digital today welcomes its new chief executive Sarah Wilkinson on her first day in the role. She takes over the reins from Rob Shaw, who has acted as interim chief executive for the last six months and today begins a new role as deputy chief executive.
3 Aug, 2017 Almost 40 per cent of carers who reported the most serious financial difficulties also felt socially isolated, according to a survey of 55,700 carers, which is published today.
1 August 2017: Prescription item for the treatment of diabetes in primary care have increased by 80.1 per cent over the last decade, compared with a 46.0 per cent rise across all primary care prescribing, an NHS Digital report published today shows.
31 July 2017: Following on from the announcements about our leadership team in August, we are pleased to have agreed with David Hughes that he will continue to work with us part-time as Director of Life Sciences, providing strategic advice and support to the Board two days per week.
17 July 2017: Following the successful rollout of the GP Data Hub in April, the second phase is now complete, seeing a range of new functionality added to the original system.
14 July, 2017: A supplementary report has been published on the number of practices that have opened, closed or merged2 in England between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, as part of a regular publication series.
13 July, 2017: People with diabetes who have had annual diabetes checks regularly in the preceding seven years have a mortality rate which is half the rate of those who have not, according to the latest publication from the National Diabetes Audit 2015-16.
12 July 2017: NHS Digital Interim CEO Rob Shaw said: "Our objective, alongside our partners in the NHS family, is to build and maintain public trust in data security and data sharing. Patients need to feel confident that their data is held safely and securely and information only shared for the benefit of health and care.
04 July 2017: There were 5,391 newly recorded2 cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) reported in England during 2016-17, according to the second publication of annual statistics from this data set.
29 June 2017: Antidepressants saw the greatest numeric rise of all British National Formulary (BNF)2 therapeutic areas for prescription items dispensed in the community in England in 2016, according to a report published today by NHS Digital.
A new report that charts the care of young people with Type-1 diabetes as they move from paediatric to adult services has been published for the first time today by NHS Digital1.
19 June 2017: Professor David Hughes, NHS Digital's Executive Director of Information and Analytics, is leaving the organisation to focus his expertise on mental health analysis.
16 June 2017: GPs and health organisations will be able to improve cervical screening rates thanks to an innovative new online data tool.
16 June 2017: Information on land and buildings which have been sold, as well as land which has been retained but developed and used for housing, has been published by NHS Digital in a new format.
14 June, 2017: A new tool shows how people in England's smoking, drinking and healthy eating habits have changed over the past 25 years, in a new, easy to understand, format.
15 May: Our Data Security Centre continues to provide 24/7 specialist support to help NHS organisations, their in-house IT teams and staff deal with the NHS cyber attack.
Last updated 18 May 2017: Get the latest information and guidance from NHS Digital's Data Security Centre on the cyber attack on the NHS on 12 May 2017.
Our Data Security Centre continues to work around the clock alongside the National Cyber Security Centre, to support NHS organisations that have reported any issues related to this cyber attack.
13 May 2017: We are continuing to work around the clock to support NHS organisations that have reported any issue due to yesterday's cyber-attack.
03 May, 2017: Statistics on Alcohol, England, 2017 acts as a reference point for health issues relating to alcohol use and misuse by providing information obtained from a number of sources2 including newly published information on
12 April, 2017: Health care professionals, charities, journalists and patients will be soon able to view a wide range of statistical information on GP practices from across England in one place with the launch of a new data hub.
Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities: 2015-16 is published today by NHS Digital. It includes information on people with and without learning disabilities, collected from over half of GP practices in England, in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
30 March 2017: An annual report published today brings together information from a variety of sources to provide a comprehensive picture of obesity related health issues in England.
29 March 2017: The number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff working for the NHS in England has increased by 2.2 per cent (26,000) since 2015, NHS Digital figures released today show.
23 March 2017: The National Audit of Pulmonary Hypertension sets out to measure the quality of care provided to people referred to pulmonary hypertension services in England and Scotland.
NHS Digital aims to help thousands of people to improve their digital health skills, with the launch of the next phase of a three-year Widening Digital Participation (WDP) programme.
16 March 2017: NHS Digital is developing a new process to publish Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) significantly sooner for improved analysis, planning and patient care.
07 March, 2017: New official figures published today provide experimental statistics on female genital mutilation (FGM) in England, from October 2016 to December 2016.
8 March 2017: A report published today finds that early intervention is important in the management of diabetic foot disease, with people who receive expert care most quickly having the best outcomes.
8 March 2017: The prevalence of all hypoglycaemic episodes in hospital, both mild and severe, has decreased from 26 per cent in 2011 to 20 per cent in 2016.
6 March 2017: NHS Digital, the national provider of information, data and IT for the health and social care sector, is delighted to be a key sponsor of Leeds Digital Festival 2017.
28 February, 2017 An annual report that brings together information from a variety of sources to give a joined-up picture of drug misuse has been published by NHS Digital1.
17 February 2017: More than five million patients will be able to access free to use Wi-Fi in early adopter GP practices, enabling them to link in with local health clinics and services and paving the way for future developments in digital patient care.
13 February 2017: A new independent group that reviews applications for sensitive NHS Digital data has formally launched with expert members and an enhanced transparency remit.
08 February 2017: GPs have welcomed a new online feature which is expected to bring about a reduction in the number of patients being referred to inappropriate services.
The Summary Care Record - an application which enables clinical staff to see potentially life-saving information - hit a milestone 100,000 views this week, according to NHS Digital.
The National Diabetes Audit 2015-16, published by NHS Digital in partnership with Diabetes UK, found that the percentage of patients with Type 1 diabetes achieving NICE-recommended treatment targets for glucose control, blood pressure and cholesterol varied from 11 per cent in some CCGs/LHBs to 34 per cent in others.