The role of Solution Assurance is to make sure that systems delivered by NHS Digital and wider healthcare organisations are secure, work as they are expected to, and are clinically safe for patients.
This includes testing new and updated IT systems and providing assurance that the systems meet all agreed standards and statutory obligations. We also look at how the system works with existing systems before they are released into service.
In addition to testing and assuring new and updated systems, Solution Assurance provide tools to healthcare system providers allowing them to carry out their own testing and assurance. We provide guidance and help on how to do this.
Solution Assurance also provide support and monitoring of NHS Digital systems operating as live services.
Delivery of these services is achieved by:
- testing and assuring NHS Digital commissioned IT solutions - by solution we mean the overall end product or service, which can involve looking at software, hardware or a number of additional factors including how humans interact with the solutions
- providing external test services to health and social care customers outside of NHS Digital who are wanting to connect to NHS national services
- assuring the clinical safety of solutions against NHS Digital standards, and providing training to the wider healthcare community in clinical safety risk management
- providing technical and support services, including tooling, environments, test data and monitoring