We deliver systems and services to the NHS and the wider health and social care sector which help providers deliver better care. Our information, data, and IT systems help health professionals, commissioners, analysts and managers give the best outcomes for patients.
Systems and services
We identify individuals at highest risk of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, and invite them for screening
This service can check for a record of a Civil Death Registration in England, Wales and the Isle of Man on behalf of adoptees and birth relatives to establish if an adoptee or birth relative is recorded as having died. You can also use this service to forward information about hereditary medical conditions to an adoptee's or birth relative's GP.
NHS Digital's benefit management team ensures that benefits are considered throughout the lifecycle of every programme and into service.
Babies born in England, Wales and the Isle of Man are issued with a unique NHS number as soon as possible after birth. This goes on to form their lifelong electronic patient record. The NHS Number helps healthcare staff and service providers to identify and match patients to their health records.
NHS Digital runs separate bowel cancer screening systems in England and the Isle of Man. The systems identify eligible people to be screened and invite them to participate in bowel screening.
Breast screening services in the UK are supported by NHS Digital who provide the software to manage the call and recall of women who are eligible for breast screening.
NHS Digital hosts the Bureau Service Portal, a facility that allows centralised collection and processing of national health service data. NHS Digital collects the data to produce a number of data sets.
The Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS) is an approvals, reporting and payments calculation system for GP practices.
The Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS) bureau makes sure that Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) details, practice details, practice patient counts and additional services opt outs from NHAIS systems is extracted for use by the CQRS programme.
Aggregated statistical data are collected from primary care organisations' NHAIS systems and used to assist the running of the screening programmes.
CIAO was developed as part of the HSCIC innovation hub to connect and share care information between multiple care providers. It is no longer being developed.
The Challenging Burden Service (CBS) offers advice, guidance, and support around minimising data collection burden.
This service is provided to help you comply with national data opt-out policy. Use it to check for NHS numbers of patients who have opted out, so you can remove their records before disclosing data.
The Child Protection - Information Sharing project (CP-IS) is helping health and social care staff to share information securely to better protect society's most vulnerable children.
The Clinical Audit Management Service delivers all elements of the full clinical audit lifecycle, from the development of the audit's questions and scope, to local and national feedback and reporting.
The Clinical Audit Platform is a web based system for health and care staff submitting data across our range of clinical audits, registries and collections.
See the doctors, nurses and other professionals working within NHS Digital to make sure we provide the best services for health and care.
Our standards provide a consistent way for information to be collected across the NHS.
The clinical safety team provides a clinical safety assurance service across the whole of NHS Digital's work so that NHS IT systems support clinicians in providing better, safer patient care.
A hosted facility that provides centralised processing of trusts' commissioning data sets through to the Secondary Uses Service (SUS).
NHS Digital has published the shielded patients list (SPL), which is enabling partner organisations across government to support and protect those who need shielding at this time.
We help NHS organisations to manage and improve their cyber security.
Cytology statistics provides information to the Department of Health and Social Care to support their monitoring of the cervical cancer screening programme.
The Data Access Environment (DAE) is the secure way users can remotely access better linked information and ensures the right person, with the right permissions gets the right data, in accordance with their Data Sharing Agreement (DSA).
The Data Access Request Service (DARS) can offer clinicians, researchers and commissioners the data required to help improve NHS services. We handle applications, process data and provide access to specific sets of data when requests are approved.
Organisations providing family health services can choose to have their systems hosted and maintained by the Hosted National Health Applications and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS), rather than provide them locally.
The Data Landing Portal (DLP) allows data to be transferred securely between organisations through a centrally managed system.
Responding to demand from across the health system, NHS Digital have developed the Data Registers Service. This will provide a single trusted source and location for data registers.
The Data Security and Protection Toolkit is an online self-assessment tool that all organisations must use if they have access to NHS patient data and systems.
We help NHS organisations to manage and improve their cyber security.
The Data Services for Commissioners safely provides anonymised patient-level data to commissioners for use in healthcare planning and payment within the NHS.
The Personal Demographics Service (PDS) is a national authoritative source of patient demographics data for the whole of the NHS.
Connect to NHS Digital services through our APIs.
Improving data quality and interoperability standards in pathology, imaging, endoscopy, physiological measures and genomics health services.
Our purpose is to support the delivery of the recommendations set out in the NHS England strategy Healthy Children: Transforming Child Health Information. Find out more about what we're doing.
The Digital Learning Solutions team provide a range of tools and products that assist organisations to design, develop and distribute online learning.
NHS Digital is running four digital maternity projects, within the Harnessing Digital Technology workstream, to help NHS England meet its objective of improving outcomes in maternity services in England.
The digital minor illness referral service (DMIRS) is a service which refers patients from NHS 111 or NHS 111 online, straight to their nearby pharmacist, rather than to services like doctors, or A&E.
The digital supervision platform will enable digital supervision in primary care.
The Directory of Services (DoS) is a central directory that is integrated with NHS Pathways and is automatically accessed if the patient does not require an ambulance or by any attending clinician in the urgent and emergency care services.
The eContract system allows healthcare commissioners to generate an NHS Standard Contract by selecting the relevant service categories and contract options.
Find out about the use of electronic notifications, which are used to securely share information about the urgent supply of medicines and pharmacy administered flu vaccinations with GP practices.
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) sends electronic prescriptions from GP practices to pharmacies.
Find out about Emergency Care discharge summaries including advice on how they should be implemented in England
As part of the NHS 111 First programme, the Emergency Department Digital Integration (EDDI) will enable emergency department slot booking from 111 telephone and online services.
The NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) combines electronic booking with a choice of place, date and time for first hospital or clinic appointments. Patients can choose their initial hospital or clinic appointment, book it in the GP surgery at the point of referral, or later at home on the phone or online.
The Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) is a set of rules to protect people from fake medicines in the European Union (EU). It includes additional anti-tampering security on packaging, and tracking of medicines using a unique identifier, like a barcode.
The Family Nurse Partnership is an intensive, nurse-led programme of home visits for vulnerable, first time, young parents.
Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is a global standard for passing healthcare data, and is the industry standard for passing this data between systems.
The FGM-IS is a national IT system that supports the early intervention and ongoing safeguarding of girls, under the age of 18, who have a family history of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
FHIR UK Core will enable consistent information flows across borders to improve health and care outcomes for all citizens.
A fit note (or Statement of Fitness for Work) is the form issued by doctors if you're off work sick for more than 7 days. They are sometimes referred to as medical statements or a doctor's note.
GPs, practice staff, suppliers and buyers in Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Commissioning Support Unit (CSUs) can work with us to improve GP IT systems and services.
Extracts from the National Health Applications and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) systems form a census of GPs on a GMS contract.
We collect information from GPs across the UK for use in planning, research and generating payments.
The General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) collects information for a wide range of purposes, including providing GP payments. It works with the Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS) and GP clinical systems as part of the GP Collections service.
This service is an alternative to obtaining a GP fit note (sometimes referred to as a ‘sick note’) to prove that you or a person you care for was instructed to self-isolate.
GP2GP enables patients' electronic health records to be transferred directly and securely between GP practices.
GP Connect allows authorised clinical staff to share and view GP practice clinical information and data between IT systems, quickly and efficiently.
The GP Payments system provides NHS England with the tools for managing the calculation of payments to GP practices.
GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) was a contractual framework to supply IT systems and services to GP practices and associated organisations in England. The GPSoC Framework ended on 31 March 2018, when a continuity agreement was agreed, to ensure that the essential core services from GPSoC remain available until a replacement GP IT Framework is in place. The GPSoC Continuity period may run until 31 December 2019.
An electronic data interchange between health authorities and GPs operating throughout England and Wales.
The Health and Justice Information Services (HJIS) team supports NHS England in delivering a new integrated health IT system for the English Health and Justice service's residential detention settings.
The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) provides a reliable, efficient and flexible way for health and care organisations to access and exchange electronic information.
Researchers can apply to use blood samples taken and stored as part of the Health Survey for England (HSE).
We have the expertise and experience of running complex health surveys for other organisations, both local and national.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) is a data warehouse containing details of all admissions, outpatient appointments and A and E attendances at NHS hospitals in England.
The Independent Communications Manager (ICM) acts as the communications interface for National Health Applications and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) applications.
Building on recommendations made in the Francis Enquiry, the Indicator and Methodology Assurance Service (IMAS) was developed to meet the need for transparency in indicator development and production. We have created a National Library of Quality Assured Indicators, where users can find indicators which have been assessed for their robustness and quality.
Strategic information governance advice is now being provided by NHSX and guidance will start to be transitioned to the new NHSX website in the new year.
This service will support the planning, delivery and evaluation of health and social care. By creating tools and analytics that harness data science techniques, we can offer new insights that are easily accessed and understood.
The Integrated Urgent Care Domain Message Specification is an agreed set of standards for sending information between providers. It is designed to support services such as NHS 111, NHS 111 online, and the repeat caller service.
Health and care services now have an Internet First policy that states new digital services should operate over the internet. Existing services should also be updated to do the same at the earliest opportunity and ideally by March 2021.
The Interoperability Data Design (IDD) Collaborative is a group of health and care professionals from across the UK with an interest in data interoperability.
The Interoperability Toolkit (ITK) is a set of common specifications, frameworks and implementation guides. It supports interoperability within local organisations and across local health and social care communities.
Making data more easily accessible to a wider range of data users than ever before. Access and extract information to meet your own needs - make selections, view comparisons, create tables and generate graphs.
Master Person Service (MPS) is an enhanced patient-matching algorithm that increases the number of linkable records where incomplete records have been submitted.
Access health authority data to run queries and conduct detailed analysis.
The Message Exchange for Social Care and Health (MESH) is the main secure large file transfer service used across health and social care organisations.
NHS organisations in England can now access the most up to date Microsoft 365 product suite in a new agreement set out by NHS Digital and NHSX. The agreement provides significant additional discounts for the NHS.
Extract data from the National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) database.
Our Mobile Technology Investment Toolkit contains support and guidance on initiating and implementing mobile working programmes and projects.
MIQUEST enables the collection of health data from GP computer systems in a common computer-readable format.
The National Back Office (NBO) provides a national data quality service. It's responsible for the management of NHS Numbers and PDS records, investigation and resolution of data quality incidents on Personal Demographics Service (PDS) demographic records, and the provision of a Tracing Service to approved organisations.
The National Casemix Office (NCO) designs and refines classifications used to describe NHS healthcare activity in England. These classifications underpin the national reimbursement system from costing through to payment, and support local commissioning and performance management.
The call/recall system invites women for a smear test based upon criteria such as age, location, GP and previous test results.
The National Clinical Content Repository (NCCR) is a library operated by the NHS Digital Copyright Licensing Service. It provides legal permission to use copyrighted assessments and scales, some of which are contained within our data-sets.
The national data opt-out is a service that allows patients to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for research and planning.
The National Events Management Service (NEMS) utilises the NHS Spine to enable the sharing of a patient’s healthcare information in near real-time across different care settings.
National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) is a suite of software implemented across primary care which manages services, patient registration and demographic details for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The National Pandemic Flu Service (NPFS) is designed to supplement the response provided by primary care during an influenza pandemic.
The National Performers List service is a list of approved GPs, opticians and dentists who satisfy a range of criteria necessary for working in the NHS.
National Record Locator (NRL) will allow health and care professionals and providers to securely locate and identify patient records elsewhere in the health system.
We register nhs.uk domain names for organisations wanting an NHS website. We also deal with IP addresses, NHS.UK email domains and EDI addresses.
Providing a fast and convenient alternative to the 111 phone service and an option for people who want to access 111 online.
The NHS App provides a simple and secure way for people to access a range of NHS services on their smartphone or tablet.
Guidance for health app developers, commissioners and assessors to get trusted digital tools assessed and published on the NHS Apps Library.
Read how the NHS Blood and Organ Donation Registers work and download user reference manuals.
Our programme provides a dedicated contact point for both NHS commissioners and, where appropriate, their contracted healthcare providers and their system suppliers.
The NHS Data Model and Dictionary Service provides the development, maintenance and support of NHS Information Standards. The NHS Data Model and Dictionary gives a reference point for assured information standards, to support health care activities in the NHS in England.
How we are supporting health and care as part of the government response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
NHS DigiTrials, the Health Data Research Hub for clinical trials, is part of a number of new services being developed to enable more efficient and effective clinical trials. It supports commitments made to life sciences following the publication of the L Life Sciences Sector Deal 2.
The NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) combines electronic booking with a choice of place, date and time for first hospital or clinic appointments. Patients can choose their initial hospital or clinic appointment, which they can then book online (a telephone service is also available) or in the GP surgery at the point of referral.
NHS Identity is a new, secure authentication service used by health and care professionals in England to access national clinical information systems.
NHS login provides patients with a simple, secure and re-usable way to access multiple digital health and care services.
Sign in to your secure NHS email. NHSmail is a secure email service approved for sharing sensitive information.
The NHS Number helps healthcare staff and service providers match patients to their health records.
Find out about NHS Pathways, a clinical tool used for assessing, triaging and directing the public to urgent and emergency care services. Learn more about the about the benefits of the service, how it works and how to use it.
NHS Service Finder gives users access to accurate, real-time information to help signpost patients to available services that best meet their needs.
The NHS website provides comprehensive health information with thousands of articles, videos and tools to help the public make the best choices for their health and lifestyle.
Over 8000 centres of patient care across England have been WiFi enabled through the NHS WiFi programme, providing over 63 million visiting patients and citizens with access to free NHS WiFi.
Open Exeter gives access to patient data held on the National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) systems.
The operations team are responsible for the ongoing maintenance, and support of operational services within NHS Digital that have been delivered from a Programme environment to an Operational environment with agreed product roadmaps and strategies.
The Ophthalmic Payments System is the central system which helps opticians to submit claims for NHS work and receive payment. It also provides central reporting and fraud detection tools to the NHS, as well as providing the information for the central Optician Directory.
The Organisation Data Service (ODS) is responsible for publishing codes that identify organisations and individuals across health and social care.
Organisation Links (Orglinks) allows health authorities to grant other registered organisations electronic access to patient identity details.
Information for users of NHS Digital's Path to Live testing and training environments.
The Personal Demographics Service (PDS) is the national electronic database of NHS patient details such as name, address, date of birth and NHS Number
This service supports local digital transformation programmes in England, to develop or commission Personal Health Records (PHRs) and other citizen-facing health tools.
Application support, maintenance and hosting of the Prescription Pricing Divisional Data Service is provided.
The Primary Care Information Service (PCIS) application provides access to databases and tools for overseeing service delivery in primary care.
The Primary Care Mortality Database allows authorised users to access information regarding patient deaths.
The Registration system forms one of the largest population databases in operation in England and Wales.
The Print Management system allows National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) users to schedule analysis and finance jobs to run at convenient times, and to manage the production of print jobs.
We have developed an online database to find the results of your local GP practice and to report the latest annual QOF points. You can also use the database to compare your local GP practice with other GP practices locally, or across England.
The Reasonable Adjustment Flag allows health care professionals to record, share and view the reasonable adjustments a patient will need to be made for them during their care.
Smartcards and access control are secure measures by which clinical and personal information is accessed by only those that have a valid reason to do so.
The Repeat Caller Service is a national service and a core part of the Integrated Urgent Care national architecture. It acts as an audit for the NHS 111 service, monitoring users who have been processed through the service 3 times or more in a 96 hour period.
The Research Advisory Group (RAG), hosted by NHS Digital, brings the research community together to make better use of our data and services.
This web-based service will enable NHS organisations to receive information about cyber security threats and vulnerabilities, and respond effectively and safely to them.
Our services help ensure that high risk groups receive screening which can detect serious diseases early.
Our service allows Commissioners and Providers to use data for secondary uses such as planning, commissioning and calculating payments.
We manage and protect live service for all of our major IT systems. There are over 70 systems that cover all areas of health and social care.
SNOMED CT is a structured clinical vocabulary for use in an electronic health record. It is the most comprehensive and precise clinical health terminology product in the world.
The social care programme focuses on improving digital maturity in the adult social care provider sector (such as domiciliary care and care homes) and helping adult social care to join up its IT systems with the health sector.
We enable the development of safe, secure and effective health and social care technology.
The Spend Comparison Service provides benchmarking and spend analytics on purchase order data from across all of NHS England’s providers. The service is comprised of two data collections; the Purchase Order collection and the Purchase Order Validation collection.
Spine supports the IT infrastructure for health and social care in England, joining together over 23,000 healthcare IT systems in 20,500 organisations.
The Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS) is a secure data collection system used by health and social care organisations to submit data to NHS Digital.
SDCS Cloud is the new way to submit data to NHS Digital.
An application which allows health and care professionals to view clinical and demographic information.
SCRa is a free NHS service to provide a way for health and care professionals to access a patient’s medical information at the point of care. The use of mobile devices to access this information is being tested by limited groups of health and care professionals in a variety of settings ('private beta').
Summary Care Records (SCR) are an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records. They can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in the patient's direct care.
Open data is data that can be used and shared by anyone, for any purpose. We make this data publicly available to improve transparency in health and care.
National standards for recording and categorising information to support care delivery, statistical analysis, research and the reimbursement of health and care providers.
The Tracking Database was used by organisations throughout the NHS, its suppliers, by NHS England, the Department of Health and others. It provided support to programmes and projects.
Training staff to use clinical and other systems is essential to ensure front-line services are delivered quickly and efficiently. The Training Quality Improvement (TQI) team provides a number of products and services to help training teams deliver high quality training to health and social care staff.
The security of data in the NHS, especially patient data, is crucial. NHS Digital provides a number of services that enable data to be transferred securely between health and care services, and individuals.
The Transfer of Care Initiative aims to improve patient care by promoting and encouraging the use of professional and technical document standards. To ensure information is shared is consistent in all cases and across all care settings.
NHS Digital’s Trusted Research Environment (TRE) service for England provides approved researchers with access to essential linked, de-identified health data to quickly answer COVID-19 related research questions.
The Trust System Support Model (TSSM) supports NHS trusts who are planning or have undertaken large digital projects or deployments. It works in partnership with trusts to share system wide learning, and to strengthen the likelihood of a success.