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National data opt-out introduced across England

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.

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New Toolkit to help keep information safe

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.

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NHS Digital's response to Lord Carter's report

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.

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Cyber News Brief

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.

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New £1m funding for innovative digital adult social care pilots

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.

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Clinical Informatics Fellows begin at NHS Digital

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.

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NHS Digital publishes statistics on vaginal mesh procedures

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.

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Prescription Cost Analysis report published

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.

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Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

12 March 2018: The NHS turns 70 on 5 July 2018. Help celebrate the achievements of one of the nation's most loved institutions.

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Rachel makes the PR Week Powerbook

Rachel Royall, NHS Digital's Director of Communications has been named in a prestigious list of the UK's top communications professionals.

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Statistics show change in NHS workforce over time

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.

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Uptake for routine breast screening falls

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.

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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.

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NHS Digital comment on Reform report into Artificial Intelligence in health care

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.

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