Nursing and NHS Digital
Our products and services are leading to major changes in the way nurses deliver care at the bedside and in the community. Find out more about what we're doing and how it benefits both nurses and patients.
What we're doing
We exist to help patients, clinicians, commissioners, analysts and researchers. Our goal is to improve health and social care in England by making better use of technology, data and information. From devising frameworks to enable mobile working, to introducing new intelligent ways of safely sharing data, we're playing our part in digitalising frontline care.
We've endorsed the Royal College of Nursing's Make Every Nurse an e-Nurse campaign, and we're committed to playing our part in making that ambition a reality by 2020.
These pages give nurses an insight into who we are, what we do, and how embracing new technology will help to give nurses the time to care.
Our Chief Nurse, Anne Cooper, has written an article about the opportunities new technology present to nursing.
What we've done so far
The following case studies give an insight into the improvements and benefits our systems and services have made:
- Electronic Palliative Care Solution at Wirral Hospice St John's and at St Catherine's Hospice
- eDischarge Summaries at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals
- The Child Protection - Information Sharing project (CP-IS)
- Electronic Patient Records at Leeds Community Healthcare Trust
Who we are
Anne is deputy to Professor Severs and is the Chief Nurse for NHS digital, leading on the Clinical Governence agenda.
She qualified as a nurse in 1986 and has spent the last 15 years working in informatics. Anne is also interested in the views and experiences of patients and how NHS Digital makes a positive contribution to both the experience of staff, citizens and patients.
Caron was a registered general nurse for the first 18 years of her career. This was across intensive care, general medicine, coronary care, emergency department and acute medicine.
Her next move was to nursing leadership and since 2000 she has held a number of nursing leadership roles including Matron for Acute Medicine, Divisional Nurse posts and Deputy Director of Nursing.
Her previous role was Chief Nurse of Health Informatics and Head of Clinical Engagement at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Caron believes it is "vital that NHS leadership is characterised by real desire to deliver the highest quality treatment and care for our patients. This includes through the support, development and growth of our staff."
Find out more about our clinical leadership team.
Find out about the following systems and services designed to improve the way we deliver our nursing care.
The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) will provide a reliable, efficient and flexible way for health and care organisations to access and exchange electronic information.
The Child Protection - Information Sharing project (CP-IS) is connecting IT systems together so that local authorities and the NHS can share child protection information securely.