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We are the national provider of information, data and IT systems for commissioners, analysts and clinicians in health and social care.

We work with partners across the health and social care system to ensure information flows efficiently and securely.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening

A cohort of eligible males is extracted each year from NHAIS systems and uploaded to our Population Index (PI) database.

Adoption Registration Service

This service handles Death Registration Enquiries and Hereditary Medical Conditions enquiries for adoptees and birth relatives.

Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF)

This indicator set measures the success of social services in providing better care for people with support needs. Data is provided at council, regional and national level.

Bowel Cancer Screening Services

The Bowel Cancer Screening System (BCSS) identifies eligible men and women to participate in bowel cancer screening.

Breast screening

The National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) Breast Screening System is used to select women on local NHAIS systems who are eligible for breast screening.

Burden Advice and Assessment Service (BAAS)

BAAS offers advice, guidance and support for the health and social care system on minimising the burden and bureaucracy of data collection, freeing up staff time for care.

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.

CareCERT (Cyber Security Programme)

CareCERT offers advice and guidance to help health and social care organisations respond effectively and safely to cyber security threats.

Child Protection - Information Sharing Project

This CP-IS project will improve the way that health and social care services work together across England to protect vulnerable children.

Clinical Audit Platform

We provide a single, secure web-based platform that is easily accessible for anyone who is submitting data for clinical audits or registries.

Clinical Audits and Registries Management Service (CARMS)

CARMS works collaboratively with clinical specialists and patients representatives to develop and deliver clinical audits and registries.

Clinical Record Standards

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

Clinical Safety - for better, safer patient care

We ensure the operation of a consistent clinical safety management approach so that NHS IT systems support clinicians in providing better, safer patient care.

Common User Interface (CUI)

The design of common methods to use healthcare IT systems relies on standards and guidance.

Data Access Request Service (DARS)

We handle applications, process data and provide access to specific sets of data when requests are approved.

Data Services for Commissioners

This service allows commissioners to plan effectively using detailed patient journey information without accessing confidential patient data.


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

Developing Informatics Skills and Capability

We offer support materials, guidance and tools, as well as general information about health informatics and how it can help make your organisation more efficient and effective.

Diagnostics Data Service

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

Digital Child Health

Welcome to Digital Child Health (DCH). Our purpose is to put in place the recommendations set out in Healthy Children: Transforming Child Health Information.

Digital Delivery Centre

The Digital Delivery Centre (DDC) oversees a number of key national applications and infrastructure for health and social care IT.

Electronic Prescription Service

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

Estates Returns Information Collection (ERIC)

We support the main central data collection for estates and facilities services from the NHS.

Family Nurse Partnership

The Family Nurse Partnership is an intensive, nurse-led programme of home visits for vulnerable, first time, young parents.

FGM Risk Indication System (FGM RIS)

The FGM RIS is a new electronic system and an important development to support effective early intervention and on-going safeguarding of girls potentially at risk of FGM.

General Practice (GP) Collections

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

GP Payments

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

GP Systems of Choice

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.


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

HA/GP Links Items of Service Claims Processing

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

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.

Health Survey for England Bloodbank

Our Bloodbank service allows medical researchers to apply for permission to analyse blood samples taken as part of the Health Survey for England.

Health Surveys Service

We commission and manage contracts to carry our health and social care surveys.

Hospital Estates and Facilities Statistics

We publish annual data on estates and facilities in the Estates Return Information Collection (ERIC).

Independent Communication Manager

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

Independent Group Advising on the Release of Data

Independent Group Advising on the Release of Data (IGARD) is an independent group, hosted by NHS Digital, that considers applications for sensitive data made through our Data Access Request Service.

Indicator Assurance Service

The Indicator Assurance Service ensures national level health and social care indicators are well defined and are based on good data and transparent methodologies.

Indicator Portal

This brings a range of health indicators together in one place, providing quick and easy access to around 1,900 indicators.

Information Governance Alliance (IGA)

The authoritative source of advice and guidance about the rules on using and sharing information in health and care.

Isle of Man Bowel Cancer Screening System

The Bowel Cancer Screening System (BCSS) identifies and invites eligible men and women to participate in bowel cancer screening.


Our online data comparison tool allows you to extract information, create tables and generate graphs to meet your needs.

Local Service Providers

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

M-Connect 2

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

Message Exchange for Social Care and Health (MESH)

The main messaging service used across health and social care, allowing health and care organisations to communicate securely.

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.

Morbidity Information Query and Export Syntax (MIQUEST)

MIQUEST enables the collection of health data from GP computer systems in a common computer-readable format.

National Adult Social Care Intelligence Service (NASCIS)

We provide a single national resource for social care data and information in England.

National Back Office for the Personal Demographic Service

National Back Office for the Personal Demographic Service

National Breast Screening

BS Select and the BS Information System are browser-based applications that support National Breast Screening services in England.

National Casemix Office

The National Casemix Office designs and refines classifications that are used by the NHS in England to describe healthcare activity.

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

The National Clinical Content Repository (NCCR) is a service that enables users to access copyrighted clinical assessment tools and outcome measures used within the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS).

National Data Opt-out Programme

A new consent/opt-out model for data sharing to enable people to make an informed decision about how their individual data will be used.

National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS): More services

Services include the Calculating Quality Reporting Service Bureau, Data Centre Hosting, GMS Census download and Prescription Pricing Division Data

Networking addressing

We register domain names for organisations wanting an NHS website. We also deal with IP addresses, SMTP email domains, EDI addresses and MESH accounts.

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 Choices

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.

NHS Data Model and Dictionary Service

The NHS Data Model and Dictionary develops, maintains and supports NHS data standards.

NHS e-Referral Service

The NHS e-Referral Service provides patients with a choice of hospitals and clinics when booking appointments

NHS Infrastructure Maturity Model

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.

NHS Number

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

NHS Pathways

NHS Pathways helps direct telephone calls from the public, based on the symptoms they report when they call urgent and emergency care services.

NHS Safety Thermometer

Our improvement tool is used to measure, monitor and analyse patient harm and 'harm free' care.


The NHS WiFi programme is rolling out WiFi access for staff and patients across NHS providers.


NHSmail is a secure email service approved for sharing sensitive information.

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.

Open Exeter

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

Ophthalmic Payment System

The Ophthalmic Payments System records General Ophthalmic Service (GOS) claims, automates the payment process, produces statistical returns, and provides fraud prevention and detection tools.

Organisation Data Service

The service is responsible for publishing codes that identify organisations and individuals across health and social care.

Organisation Links

Organisation Links (Orglinks) allows health authorities to grant other registered organisations electronic access to patient identity details.

Population, Births and Deaths Services

We hold a database of population data on behalf of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that can be used to analyse births and deaths.

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 Registration

The Registration system forms one of the largest population databases in operation in England and Wales.

Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) Online Database

This online database allows patients and the public easy access to data that indicates how well their surgery is doing.

Registration Authorities and smartcards

Registration Authorities govern smartcards used by health professionals to access confidential information.

Secondary Uses Service (SUS)

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

Secure Electronic File Transfer (SEFT)

Our system can be used to securely transfer data in and out of NHS Digital.

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.

Service Operations Centre

The Systems and Service Delivery team within NHS Digital operate a number of IT service desks.

Services supported by the SSD team

A collection of services provided and/or supported by the Systems and Service Delivery team.

Solution Assurance

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.

Summary Care Records (SCR)

The SCR is an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records.

Systems and Service Delivery

Systems and Service Delivery specialise in providing software development and associated IT services across the health and social care system.

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 Interoperability Toolkit

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'.

Training Quality Improvement

Training staff to use clinical and other systems is essential to ensure front-line services are delivered quickly and efficiently.

Transfer of Care Initiative

To support the delivery of high quality care there is an increasing need to share information in a more efficient and consistent way across health and social care.

Utilisation Reports

We combine progress reports from Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who are deploying our national systems, to create a single report.


1.3 million people make up the NHS workforce, all contributing towards the effectiveness of the NHS.

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