The latest health and social care news from NHS Digital.
18 June 2018: Statistics on care of people with learning disabilities to mark learning disability week
GPs and health organisations are being urged to help to improve rates of potentially lifesaving cervical screening by making the most of an innovative online data tool.
Information on land and buildings which have been sold by the NHS, as well as land which has been retained but developed and used for housing, has been published by NHS Digital.
12 June 2018: Local authorities, residential and domiciliary adult social care providers, researchers, academic organisations working in partnership with health organisations are being invited to apply for new funding to enable better sharing of social care and clinical information and data.
11 June 2018: More than 50 per cent of acute hospital trusts in England have switched off paper referrals and are now processing GP referrals for outpatient appointments digitally.
Implementing child protection system ‘must be priority’ for councils and NHS organisations – children’s minister
CPIS visit from Minister for Children and Families
Historical workforce statistics in lead-up to NHS70 birthday milestone
25 May 2018: The ‘National Data Opt-Out’ is introduced today, providing a facility for individuals to opt-out from the use of their data for research or planning purposes. This is provided in line with the recommendations of the National Data Guardian in her Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. The service will initially be in beta, while we ensure the service design is optimal.
15 May 2018: NHS Digital has launched the new Data Security and Protection Toolkit, replacing the previous Information Governance Toolkit, to help keep patient information safe.
24 May 2018: NHS Digital's Senior Clinical Lead Caron Swinscoe has welcomed Lord Carter's independent report into how improvements in technology could boost the productivity of mental health and community services around the country.
11 May 2018: The WannaCry cyber incident was a global attack on an unprecedented scale. While it was not directly targeted at the NHS it had a major impact on health and care.
11 May 2018: Following the success of last year’s Local Investment Programme, NHS Digital and the Local Government Association have announced new funding for digital pilots that benefit people who access adult social care and improve services.
1 May 2018: High earners more likely to drink alcohol, new statistics show
9 May 2018: A statement from NHS Digital on the Memorandum of Understanding with the Home Office
30 April 2018: Unsupported Microsoft systems in the NHS will be a thing of the past under new plans announced today to strengthen resilience against cyber-attacks as part of a new multi-million deal with Microsoft.
23 April 2018: NHS Digital Chief Nurse Anne Cooper uses the foreword of a new Queen’s Nursing Institute report being published today to say that we are on the cusp of a great opportunity to use technology to accelerate the contribution community nurses make to patient care.
20 April 2018: The ‘Widening Digital Participation’ programme has been shortlisted for the Cross-Sector Collaboration award at this year’s Digital Leaders 100 event.
19 April 2018: Four frontline clinicians have begun a year’s informatics fellowship at NHS Digital to use their experiences as clinicians to support the design of a new generation of digital tools and services for NHS staff and patients.
18 April 2018: NHS Digital's statistics are entirely independent from government, as specified by the UK Statistics Authority's Code of Practice for Statistics
17 April 2018: NHS Digital has published experimental statistics on patients that have had a procedure for urogynaecological prolapse or stress urinary incontinence including those where mesh, tape or their equivalents have been used.
16 April 2018: NHS Digital is joining the Open Data Institute (ODI) Leeds as a sponsor to form a collaboration seeking to pursue innovation through data.
15 April 2018: In relation to the Health Select Committee's report into the memorandum of understanding on data sharing between NHS Digital and the Home Office, NHS Digital's Chief Executive, Sarah Wilkinson, has issued the following statement.
4 April 2018: There were 617,000 admissions to NHS hospitals in 2016/17 where obesity was recorded as either a primary or secondary diagnosis, an increase of 18 per cent on 2015/16 (525,000).
29 March, 2018: Use of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) in integrated urgent care settings is to be rolled out nationally following a successful pilot.
27 March 2018: NHS Digital have announced the local authority and NHS partnerships that have been successful in bidding for a share of £1.4m to help digitise their assessment, discharge and withdrawal (ADW) notices.
26 March 2018: All first outpatients' referrals will have to be made electronically from later this year in a move that is set to save the NHS at least £50 million.
15 March, 2018: The cost of prescriptions dispensed in the community and the number of items dispensed during the 2017 calendar year has been published today by NHS Digital1.
14 March, 2018: Patients undergoing breast implant surgery are being urged to speak to their surgeon and ensure their details are recorded on a registry designed to safeguard their health.
12 March 2018: The NHS turns 70 on 5 July 2018. Help celebrate the achievements of one of the nation's most loved institutions.
8 March 2018: The proportion of NHS doctors who are women has grown every year since 2009, analysis of NHS workforce statistics by NHS Digital for International Women's Day shows.
Rachel Royall, NHS Digital's Director of Communications has been named in a prestigious list of the UK's top communications professionals.
6 March 2018: New official figures published today provide experimental statistics on female genital mutilation (FGM) in England, from October 2017 to December 2017.
5 March 2018: A Mail On Sunday article (published Sunday March 4) wrongly suggested that NHS Digital is falsely inflating the number of British FGM victims by including newborn babies in its data.
NHS Digital's Director of Data Science, Professor Daniel Ray, has been named in the 2018 dataIQ 100 list.
2 March 2018: A team from NHS Digital's Digital Delivery Centre (DDC) has won Splunk's public sector 'Boss of the SOC' awards in an event that saw eight teams from across government in England take part.
28 February 2018: The number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff working in the NHS in England has increased by 1.5 per cent (17,900) since 2016, according to figures released by NHS Digital today.
Just under half of all referrals that completed psychological therapy in 2016-17 recovered, new report shows
Just under half (49.3 per cent) of those referrals finishing treatment for anxiety and depression in 2016-17 recovered, according to official statistics published today by NHS Digital.
23 February 2018: NHS Digital and techUK have outlined their view on the future challenges they need to tackle to take their partnership to the next level.
22 February 2018: Developers are being invited to submit applications as the NHS Apps Library continues to grow.
19 February 2018: NHS staff will be able to communicate with each other through better integrated systems, thanks to new plans announced by NHS Digital.
7 February 2018: New NHS Digital data show that the hospital admissions2 for drug-related mental and behavioural disorders dropped by 12 per cent in a year, from 8,621 in 2015/16 to 7,545 in 2016/17. Admissions are still 12 per cent higher than 2006/07 when they totalled 6,743.
16 February 2018: Representatives from Sweden's key health organisations visited NHS Digital this week to share knowledge and experience of the apps and digital healthcare landscape.
7 February 2018: NHS Digital has today published the latest information on the number of adult social care staff who work for local authorities in England.
2 February, 2018: NHS Digital Senior Project Manager Marta Raper has won the Editor's Choice category at the Women in IT Awards held in London.
31 January 2018: The proportion of women aged 50-70 taking up routine breast screening invitations fell to 71.1 per cent in 2016-17 down from 72.1 per cent in 2015-16 and 73.6 per cent in 2006-07. It is at the lowest rate over the 10 year period.
25 January 2018: 98 per cent of social workers cited at least one difficulty with sharing information digitally, in research commissioned by NHS Digital.
A Statement from NHS Digital on the misrepresentation of our vacancy statistics in some media reports
24 January 2018 A number of media reports on our vacancy statistics data published on 23 January have unintentionally misrepresented our data. It is not possible to use our data to draw any conclusions on the number of appointments as a proportion of advertisements raised. This is because our information is based on the secondary use of administrative data related to job advertisements within NHS Jobs. The appointments data is often not completed, as individual organisations will have alternative means of managing appointments information locally.
24 January 2018 NHS Digital has entered a new deal with Microsoft that supports health and care organisations in protecting their IT infrastructure against cyber threats.
19 January, 2018: National guidance has been published today, setting clear expectations for health and care organisations who want to use cloud services or data offshoring to store patient information.
11 January, 2018: In light of the think-tank Reform's report into the use of Artificial Intelligence in health care, NHS Digital's Director of Data, Professor Daniel Ray, commented on the paper's recommendations about the need to get data right in order to progress the use of artificial intelligence in health care.
10 January 2018: NHS Digital staff have been shortlisted in for the Women in IT Awards 2018.
3 January 2018: NHS Digital's Programme Director for Apps and Wearables has welcomed the announcement from the Department of Health that the CQC will be given the power to rate digital GP tools.
2 May 2018: Guide launched to improve access to digital healthcare for all