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Sarah Wilkinson delivers keynote speech at UK Health Show

Friday 28 September 2018

28 September 2018: NHS Digital CEO, Sarah Wilkinson, told clinicians and senior health leaders how a ‘new wave of data’ offers huge advantages to the health and care sector, in a keynote speech at the UK Health Show this week.

A&E attendances increase by 22 per cent in the last decade

Thursday 13 September 2018

There were 23.8 million attendances to Accident and Emergency departments in England during 2017-18, which is an increase of two per cent compared with 2016-17 and 22 per cent since 2008-09, according to official figures.

National data opt-out introduced across England

Friday 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.

NHS Digital's response to Lord Carter's report

Thursday 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.

New Toolkit to help keep information safe

Tuesday 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.

Cyber News Brief

Friday 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.

Microsoft deal - background information

Saturday 28 April 2018

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced a new centralised Windows 10 agreement which offers local organisations Microsoft Windows operating system licences, including Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP).

Clinical Informatics Fellows begin at NHS Digital

Thursday 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.

Prescription Cost Analysis report published

Thursday 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.

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

Monday 12 March 2018

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

Statistics show change in NHS workforce over time

Wednesday 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.

First PhD placement

Monday 5 February 2018

NHS Digital has welcomed our first ever PhD student placement, Naomi Holman. Naomi is from Glasgow University and is working with our Diabetes Audit Analysis team at our Leeds head office.

Research roadshows

Monday 5 February 2018

We've been listening to the research community at a series of roadshows across the country.

Uptake for routine breast screening falls

Wednesday 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.

A Statement from NHS Digital on the misrepresentation of our vacancy statistics in some media reports

Wednesday 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.