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.
The Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) measures how well care and support services achieve the outcomes that matter most to people. The measures are grouped into four domains which are typically reviewed in terms of movement over time. Data is provided at council, regional and national level.
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.
The National Cancer Waiting Times system allows NHS providers to record data derived from patient care activity.
The challenging burden service offers advice, guidance, and support around minimising data collection burden. We work with health and social care organisations to share and identify good practice around how data is collected, collated and shared. We offer a confidential way for you to refer data requests that you feel would benefit from further scrutiny via our collection and offer advice and guidance to minimise the amount of work involved in responding to new or existing data requests.
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.
Our standards provide a consistent way for information to be collected across the NHS.
We ensure the operation of a consistent clinical safety management approach 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).
The design of common methods to use healthcare IT systems relies on standards and guidance.
We support health and care organisations to manage cyber security risk. This enables the safe and secure use of data and technology to deliver improved patient care.
Cytology statistics provides information to the Department of Health and Social Care to support their monitoring of the cervical cancer screening programme.
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.
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.
An online self-assessment tool that all organisations must use if they have access to NHS patient data and systems.
We support health and care organisations to manage cyber security risk. This enables the safe and secure use of data and technology to deliver improved patient care.
The Data Services for Commissioners supports the provision of data to facilitate 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.
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 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.
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) sends electronic prescriptions from GP surgeries to pharmacies.
Find out about Emergency Care discharge summaries including advice on how they should be implemented in England
The Family Nurse Partnership is an intensive, nurse-led programme of home visits for vulnerable, first time, young parents.
The FGM RIS is a national IT system that supports the early intervention and ongoing safeguarding of girls, under the age of 18, who are potentially at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM).
GPs, practice staff, suppliers and buyers in CCGs and 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.
GP2GP enables patients' electronic health records to be transferred directly and securely between GP practices.
The GP Payments system provides NHS England with the tools for managing the calculation of payments to GP practices.
GP Systems of Choice is a contractual framework to supply IT systems and services to GP practices and associated organisations in England. It makes sure GPs and practice staff have access to the best technology to support patient care.
An electronic data interchange between health authorities and GPs operating throughout England and Wales.
NHS Digital is running 4 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 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) will provide 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.
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.
The Independent Group Advising on the Release of Data (IGARD) considers all requests for dissemination of confidential information, as defined in Section 263 of the Health & Social Care Act, through the Data Access Request Service (DARS). We aim to improve transparency, accountability, quality and consistency through robust, independent scrutiny of NHS Digital data distributions, as well as providing a voice for stakeholders and the public.
The Indicator Methodology and Assurance Service (IMAS) was established to develop and carry out the indicator assurance process. We also create and maintain the National Indicator Library - a library of quality assured indicators.
The authoritative source of advice and guidance about the rules on using and sharing information in health and care.
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 Interoperability Toolkit (ITK) is a set of common specifications, frameworks and implementation guides that support interoperability. Interoperability is the capacity for different computer systems to 'talk to each other'.
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.
Access health authority data to run queries and conduct detailed analysis.
The main messaging service used across health and social care, allowing health and care organisations to communicate securely.
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 Adult Social Care Intelligence Service (NASCIS) is a single national resource of social care information for England. It has a collection of data, tools and resources designed to meet the needs of service planners, managers, researchers and policy makers and others.
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 service operated by the NHS Digital Copyright Licensing Service. It provides easy access to certain copyrighted clinical assessment tools and outcome measures for use within health and social care.
The national data opt-out is a new service that allows people to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for research and planning.
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 Performers List service is a list of approved GPs, opticians and dentists who satisfy a range of criteria necessary for working in the NHS.
We register nhs.uk domain names for organisations wanting an NHS website. We also deal with IP addresses, SMTP email domains and EDI addresses.
The NHS app will be a simple way for patients in England to connect to digital health services on their mobile or tablet. The app is being developed and tested now. It will be rolled out gradually across England from December 2018.
The NHS Apps Library provides trusted digital tools for patients and the public to manage and improve their health. It has been launched as a beta site and over time will grow to cover more health and care needs.
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.
NHS Choices provides comprehensive health information with thousands of articles, videos and tools to help the public make the best choices for their health and lifestyle.
The NHS Data Model and Dictionary develops, maintains and supports NHS data standards.
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 NHS Infrastructure Maturity Model (NIMM) framework helps NHS IT organisations to carry out an objective assessment of their IT infrastructure (to determine how developed/capable specific IT services are) and to identify infrastructure maturity improvement projects.
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.
NHS Pathways helps direct telephone calls from the public, based on the symptoms they report when they call urgent and emergency care services.
NHS WiFi will give staff and patients access to WiFi in NHS settings in England.
Open Exeter gives access to patient data held on the National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) systems.
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 service 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.
This toolkit supports health and care organisations in England to commission, develop or manage Personal Health Records (PHRs).
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 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.
Registration authorities govern smartcards used by health professionals to access confidential information.
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.
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.
Solution Assurance is responsible for assuring the quality and safety of national Health and Social Care IT systems.
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 SCR is an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records.
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.
Systems and Service Delivery specialise in providing software development and associated IT services across the health and social care system.
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 is used by organisations throughout the NHS, its suppliers, by NHS England, the Department of Health and others. It provides 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.
To support the delivery of high quality care, there's an increasing need to share information more efficiently and consistently across health and social care.