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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.

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening

We identify individuals at highest risk of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, and invite them for screening


Adoption Registration Service

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.


Architecture at NHS Digital

Architecture is integral to the design and delivery of all products and services that we produce and maintain for the health and social care system.


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Benefits management

NHS Digital's benefit management team ensures that benefits are considered throughout the lifecycle of every programme and into service.


Better Connectivity for Health and Care (BC4HC)

The Better Connectivity for Health and Care (BC4CH) programme helps NHS organisations access gigabit broadband capable connectivity.


Birth notification 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.


Bowel cancer screening

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

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.


Bureau Service Portal

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.


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Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS)

The Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS) is an approvals, reporting and payments calculation system for GP practices.


Calculating Quality Reporting Service bureau

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.


Cancer Screening Programme National Statistics

Aggregated statistical data are collected from primary care organisations' NHAIS systems and used to assist the running of the screening programmes.


Care Identity authentication

NHS CIS2: Care Identity Authentication, formerly known as NHS Identity, is a new, secure authentication service used by health and care professionals in England to access national clinical information systems.


Care Integration and Orchestration

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.


Check for National Data Opt-outs Service

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.


Child Protection - Information Sharing project

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.


Clinical Audit Management Service

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.


Clinical Audit Platform

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.


Clinical Classifications

OPCS-4 and ICD-10 are clinical classifications standards. Both are mandated nationally for use across the NHS and consist of groupings of concepts (codes), plus definitions and business rules for their use.


Clinical Record Standards

Our standards provide a consistent way for information to be collected across the NHS.


Clinical Safety Team

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.


Commissioning Data Set Bureau Service

A hosted facility that provides centralised processing of trusts' commissioning data sets through to the Secondary Uses Service (SUS).


Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk assessment

QCovid® is a coronavirus risk prediction model, created by the University of Oxford, which we're using to support the NHS coronavirus response.


COVID Oximetry @home - digital and data services

We’re delivering digital and data services for COVID Oximetry @home, a service to monitor patients with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in their own home or care home.


Cyber and data security

We help NHS organisations to manage and improve their cyber security.


Cytology statistics

Cytology statistics provides information to the Department of Health and Social Care to support their monitoring of the cervical cancer screening programme.


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Data Access Environment (DAE)

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).


Data Access Request Service (DARS)

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.


Data centre hosting

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.


Data Landing Portal (DLP)

The Data Landing Portal (DLP) allows data to be transferred securely between organisations through a centrally managed system.


Data Registers Service

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.


Data Security and Protection Toolkit

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.


Data Services for Commissioners (DSfC)

We're responsible for ensuring NHS Digital meets its statutory and service obligations to commissioners. We do this via the Data Services for Commissioners Regional Offices (DSCROs) and by developing and implementing policies and plans.


Demographics

The Personal Demographics Service (PDS) is a national authoritative source of patient demographics data for the whole of the NHS.


Developer hub

Connect to NHS Digital services through our APIs.


Diagnostics Data Service

Improving data quality and interoperability standards in pathology, imaging, endoscopy, physiological measures and genomics health services.


Digital Care Services catalogue

The Digital Care Services (DCS) catalogue allows users to buy assured digital tools and systems through approved assurance frameworks. It creates an open, competitive market encouraging companies to invest in primary care.


Digital Child Health

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.


Digital Learning Solutions

The Digital Learning Solutions team provide a range of tools and products that assist organisations to design, develop and distribute online learning.


Digital maternity - harnessing digital technology in maternity services

NHS Digital ran 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 and supporting the Long Term plan.


Digital minor illness referral service (DMIRS)

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.


Digital supervision platform

The digital supervision platform will enable digital supervision in primary care.


Directory of Services (DoS)

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.


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eContract

The eContract system allows healthcare commissioners to generate an NHS Standard Contract by selecting the relevant service categories and contract options.


Electronic notifications from pharmacy to GP systems

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.


Electronic Prescription Service

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) sends electronic prescriptions from GP practices to pharmacies.


Emergency Department Digital Integration

As part of the NHS 111 First programme, the Emergency Department Digital Integration (EDDI) product will enable emergency department slot booking from 111 telephone and online services. This information is for healthcare professionals and NHS support staff who will be using the EDDI.


e-Referral service

The NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) provides an easy way for patients to choose their first hospital or clinic appointment with a specialist. Bookings can be made online, using the telephone, or directly in the GP surgery at the time of referral.


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Falsified Medicines Directive implementation toolkits

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.


Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is a global standard for passing healthcare data, and is the industry standard for passing this data between systems.


Female Genital Mutilation - Information Sharing

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

FHIR UK Core will enable consistent information flows across borders to improve health and care outcomes for all citizens.


Fit notes

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.


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General Medical Services (GMS) census download

Extracts from the National Health Applications and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) systems form a census of GPs on a GMS contract.


General Practice (GP) Collections

We collect information from GPs across the UK for use in planning, research and generating payments.


Get an isolation note 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

GP2GP enables patients' electronic health records to be transferred directly and securely between GP practices.


GP Connect

GP Connect allows authorised clinical staff to share and view GP practice clinical information and data between IT systems, quickly and efficiently.


GP IT Futures systems and services

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.


GP payments

The GP Payments system provides NHS England with the tools for managing the calculation of payments to GP practices.


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An electronic data interchange between health authorities and GPs operating throughout England and Wales.


Health and Justice Information Services

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.


Health and Social Care Network (HSCN)

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.


Health Survey for England Bloodbank

Researchers can apply to use blood samples taken and stored as part of the Health Survey for England (HSE).


Health Surveys Service

We have the expertise and experience of running complex health surveys for other organisations, both local and national.


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)

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.


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Identity and Access Management

Information and guidance for health and care staff to securely access NHS health and care information systems.


Independent Communication Manager

The Independent Communications Manager (ICM) acts as the communications interface for National Health Applications and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) applications.


Information Governance Alliance (IGA)

Strategic information governance advice is now being provided by NHSX.


Innovative Uses of Data

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.


Integrated Urgent Care Domain Message Specification

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.


International Classification of Diseases (ICD)

A World Health Organization statistical classification and the global standard for diagnostic health information. It is used for morbidity and mortality statistics in the 4 constituent countries of the UK.


Internet First

Internet First is an NHS Digital programme set up to help health and care organisations in England make their digital services available over the public internet.


Interoperability Data Design Collaborative

The Interoperability Data Design (IDD) Collaborative is a group of health and care professionals from across the UK with an interest in data interoperability.


Interoperability Toolkit

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.


iView and iViewPlus

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.


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Local Service Providers

Local Service Provider (LSP) Delivery supports the Department of Health in delivery against LSP contracts.


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Master Person Service (MPS)

Master Person Service (MPS) is an enhanced patient-matching algorithm that increases the number of linkable records where incomplete records have been submitted.


M-Connect 2

Access health authority data to run queries and conduct detailed analysis.


Message Exchange for Social Care and Health (MESH)

The Message Exchange for Social Care and Health (MESH) is the main secure large file transfer service used across health and social care organisations.


Microsoft Office 365 for the NHS

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.


MIS Downloads

Extract data from the National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) database.


Mobile Technology Investment Toolkit

Our Mobile Technology Investment Toolkit contains support and guidance on initiating and implementing mobile working programmes and projects.


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National Back Office for the Personal Demographics Service

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.


National Casemix Office

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.


National Cervical Screening

The call/recall system invites women for a smear test based upon criteria such as age, location, GP and previous test results.


National Clinical Content Repository (Copyright Licensing Service)

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.


National data opt-out

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.


National Events Management Service (NEMS)

The National Events Management Service (NEMS) enables the sharing of specific health information about a patient in near real-time. Information is shared in the form of event messages, following a publish and subscribe model and using the NHS Spine.


National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS)

The NHAIS systems in England, Wales and Isle of Man are being replaced by a range of new services during 2021 and early 2022.


National Pandemic Flu Service

The National Pandemic Flu Service (NPFS) is designed to supplement the response provided by primary care during an influenza pandemic.


National Performers List

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)

National Record Locator (NRL) will allow health and care professionals and providers to securely locate and identify patient records elsewhere in the health system.


Networking addressing

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.


NHS 111 online

Providing a fast and convenient alternative to the 111 phone service and an option for people who want to access 111 online.


NHS App

The NHS App provides a simple and secure way for people to access a range of NHS services on their smartphone or tablet.


NHS Apps Library

Guidance for health app developers, commissioners and assessors to get trusted digital tools assessed and published on the NHS Apps Library.


NHS Blood and Organ Donor Registers

Read how the NHS Blood and Organ Donation Registers work and download user reference manuals.


NHS Business Partners

Our programme provides a dedicated contact point for both NHS commissioners and, where appropriate, their contracted healthcare providers and their system suppliers.


NHS Data Model and Dictionary Service

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.


NHS Digital response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

How we are supporting health and care as part of the government response to coronavirus (COVID-19).


NHS DigiTrials

NHS DigiTrials offers data services to support clinical trials. We help reduce the time, effort and cost of developing new drugs, treatments and services, bringing benefits to patients, the public and the NHS.


NHS e-Referral Service

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 login

NHS login provides patients with a simple, secure and re-usable way to access multiple digital health and care services.


NHSmail

Sign in to your secure NHS email. NHSmail is a secure email service approved for sharing sensitive information.


NHS Number

The NHS Number helps healthcare staff and service providers match patients to their health records.


NHS Pathways

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

NHS Service Finder gives users access to accurate, real-time information to help signpost patients to available services that best meet their needs.


NHS UK

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.


NHS WiFi

Over 8,000 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.


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OPCS Classifications of Interventions and Procedures

A UK statistical classification of interventions and procedures. It's used for national statistics in the 4 constituent countries of the UK.


Open Exeter

Open Exeter gives access to patient data held on the National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) platform.


Operations

The Live Services, IT Operations teams 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.


Ophthalmic Payment System

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.


Organisation Data Service

We're 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.


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Path to Live environments

Information for users of NHS Digital's Path to Live testing and training environments.


Personal Demographics Service

The Personal Demographics Service (PDS) is the national electronic database of NHS patient details such as name, address, date of birth and NHS Number


Personal Health Records adoption service

This service supports local digital transformation programmes in England, to develop or commission Personal Health Records (PHRs) and other citizen-facing health tools.


Prescription Pricing Division data

Application support, maintenance and hosting of the Prescription Pricing Divisional Data Service is provided.


Primary Care Information Service

The Primary Care Information Service (PCIS) application provides access to databases and tools for overseeing service delivery in primary care.


Primary Care Mortality Database

The Primary Care Mortality Database allows authorised users to access information regarding patient deaths.


Primary Care Registration

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.


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Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) online database

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.


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Reasonable Adjustment Flag

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.


Registration authorities and smartcards

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.


Repeat Caller Service

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.


Research Advisory Group

The Research Advisory Group (RAG), hosted by NHS Digital, brings the research community together to make better use of our data and services.


Respond to an NHS cyber alert

This web-based service provides NHS organisations a secure and effective way to respond to high severity cyber alerts. It also offers the ability for these organisations to sign-up to receive information about the latest high severity cyber security threats and vulnerabilities by email or SMS.


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Screening services

Our services help ensure that high risk groups receive screening which can detect serious diseases early.


Secondary Uses Service (SUS)

Our service allows commissioners and providers to use data for secondary uses such as planning, commissioning and calculating payments.


Service Management

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.


Shielded Patient List

NHS Digital has published the Shielded Patient List (SPL), which is enabling partner organisations across government to support and protect those who need shielding at this time.


SNOMED CT

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.


Social Care Programme

The Social Care Programme ran from 2016 to 2021 and has made a significant contribution to improving digital maturity in the adult social care provider sector (such as domiciliary care and care homes) and has helped the adult social care to join up its IT systems with the health sector.


Solution Assurance

We enable the development of safe, secure and effective health and social care technology.


Spend Comparison Service

The Spend Comparison Service provides benchmarking and spend analytics on 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

Spine supports the IT infrastructure for health and social care in England, joining together over 23,000 healthcare IT systems in 20,500 organisations.


Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS)

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.


Strategic Data Collection Service in the cloud (SDCS Cloud)

SDCS Cloud is the new way to submit data to NHS Digital.


Summary Care Record application (SCRa)

An application which allows health and care professionals to view clinical and demographic information.


Summary Care Record application (SCRa) private beta

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)

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.


Supporting open data and transparency

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.


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Terminology and Classifications

National standards for recording and categorising information to support care delivery, statistical analysis, research and the reimbursement of health and care providers.


The NHS Digital Terminology Server

A terminology solution to help healthcare IT systems speak the same language, and make mapping codes between organisations faster and easier.


Tracking Database

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 Quality Improvement

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.


Transfer data securely

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.


Transfer of Care Initiative

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.


Trusted Research Environment service for England

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.


Trust System Support Model

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.


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Urgent care self-service tool

The urgent care self-service tool, also known as the streaming and redirection tool, is a kiosk-based service, provided as a web application, for patients who arrive at accident and emergency (A&E) departments and urgent care settings with no pre-booked arrival time.