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Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) now supported by interactive resources

The Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) - Deaths associated with hospitilisation, England, April 2016 - March 2017: annual report is published today by NHS Digital.

Measles, mumps and rubella vaccination target for five year olds in England has been met for the first time

20 September, 2017: The proportion of eligible children receiving their first dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR1) by their fifth birthday has met the World Health Organisation target of 95 per cent for the first time in England in 2016-17.

First two trusts meet milestone of all electronic NHS referrals

18 September, 2017: Two hospital trusts and their referring GP practices have become the first in the country to adopt a digital process for booking patient hospital appointments.

Number of written complaints about NHS increases 4.9 per cent

14 August 2017 There were 208,400 written complaints received by the NHS during 2016/172 - up 4.9 per cent on the previous year, NHS Digital figures released today show.

GP Data Hub short listed for an HSJ award

An online information portal, designed to improve access to useful health data about GP services, has been short listed for a Health Service Journal award.

NHS Digital publishes collaborative report with Ofsted on early years data

A collaborative report between NHS Digital and Ofsted, published today, investigates how sources of early years data can be used together to enrich analysis and insight into child development.

More patients to benefit from programme to widen participation in digital health

11 September 2017 NHS Digital has announced five new projects that will help thousands of people in England to improve their digital health skills and improve access to technologies to support their health and care.

​​​​​​​NHS Digital welcomes Health Secretary's digital healthcare vision

11 September 2017 Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive of NHS Digital, commenting on Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt's commitment to ensuring patients can access a range of services via an app or browser by the end of 2018, said:

Mental health and behavioural conditions account for nearly one-in-three known fit notes

31 August 2017: Mental health and behavioural conditions have accounted for 31% of all fit notes2, where the diagnosis was known3, written in England between December 2014 and March 2017.

Annual NHS dental statistics published

31 August, 2017: Figures have been released today by NHS Digital1 about all patients who received NHS dental care in England during the last financial year.

Latest patient-led assessments provide annual picture of the quality of healthcare premises

15 August, 2017: Annual patient-led assessments of non-clinical elements of care such as food and waiting areas have been published by NHS Digital1 today.

NHS Digital welcomes new chief executive Sarah Wilkinson

14 August 2017: NHS Digital today welcomes its new chief executive Sarah Wilkinson on her first day in the role. She takes over the reins from Rob Shaw, who has acted as interim chief executive for the last six months and today begins a new role as deputy chief executive.

Financial problems caused by caring linked to increased feelings of social isolation

3 Aug, 2017 Almost 40 per cent of carers who reported the most serious financial difficulties also felt socially isolated, according to a survey of 55,700 carers, which is published today.

Increase in prescriptions for diabetes exceeds rise in overall prescribing

1 August 2017: Prescription item for the treatment of diabetes in primary care have increased by 80.1 per cent over the last decade, compared with a 46.0 per cent rise across all primary care prescribing, an NHS Digital report published today shows.

Professor David Hughes to continue, part-time, as Director of Life Sciences

31 July 2017: Following on from the announcements about our leadership team in August, we are pleased to have agreed with David Hughes that he will continue to work with us part-time as Director of Life Sciences, providing strategic advice and support to the Board two days per week.

Annual report brings together GP-level data on recorded dementia diagnoses

14 July 2017: The latest statistics on dementia prevalence in England have been published today by NHS Digital1.

GP Data Hub second phase goes live

17 July 2017: Following the successful rollout of the GP Data Hub in April, the second phase is now complete, seeing a range of new functionality added to the original system.

Figures released for numbers of GP surgery openings and closures or mergers

14 July, 2017: A supplementary report has been published on the number of practices that have opened, closed or merged2 in England between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, as part of a regular publication series.

Annual diabetes checks reduce mortality risk for people with diabetes

13 July, 2017: People with diabetes who have had annual diabetes checks regularly in the preceding seven years have a mortality rate which is half the rate of those who have not, according to the latest publication from the National Diabetes Audit 2015-16.

NHS Digital comments on Your Data, Better Security, Better Choice, Better Care - Government Response to the National Data Guardian review

12 July 2017: NHS Digital Interim CEO Rob Shaw said: "Our objective, alongside our partners in the NHS family, is to build and maintain public trust in data security and data sharing. Patients need to feel confident that their data is held safely and securely and information only shared for the benefit of health and care.

NHS Digital publishes annual report and accounts 2016 to 2017

Our annual report and accounts for 2016 to 2017 were laid before parliament on 11 July 2017.

NHS Wi-Fi rolled out to all GP surgeries

10 July 2017: Every patient in England will be able to access free to use Wi-Fi in GP practices, under a scheme being rolled out across the country.

Latest guidance for NHS on protecting against cyber attack

Last updated 18 May 2017: Get the latest information and guidance from NHS Digital's Data Security Centre on the cyber attack on the NHS on 12 May 2017.

Annual statistical publication for FGM shows 5,391 newly recorded cases during 2016-17

04 July 2017: There were 5,391 newly recorded2 cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) reported in England during 2016-17, according to the second publication of annual statistics from this data set.

Antidepressants were the area with largest increase in prescription items in 2016

29 June 2017: Antidepressants saw the greatest numeric rise of all British National Formulary (BNF)2 therapeutic areas for prescription items dispensed in the community in England in 2016, according to a report published today by NHS Digital.

Report on transition of care between childhood and adulthood for people with diabetes

A new report that charts the care of young people with Type-1 diabetes as they move from paediatric to adult services has been published for the first time today by NHS Digital1.

New challenge for David Hughes to focus on mental health analytics

19 June 2017: Professor David Hughes, NHS Digital's Executive Director of Information and Analytics, is leaving the organisation to focus his expertise on mental health analysis.

Interactive dashboard provides new insight into cervical screening coverage

16 June 2017: GPs and health organisations will be able to improve cervical screening rates thanks to an innovative new online data tool.

Figures on surplus land in NHS estate published

16 June 2017: Information on land and buildings which have been sold, as well as land which has been retained but developed and used for housing, has been published by NHS Digital in a new format.

Prevalence of smoking falls among adults in England

15 June, 2017: The percentage of adults aged 18+ in England who smoke has fallen from 19.9 per cent in 2010 to 15.5 per cent in 20161.

Project unveils 25 years of lifestyle changes

14 June, 2017: A new tool shows how people in England's smoking, drinking and healthy eating habits have changed over the past 25 years, in a new, easy to understand, format.

Update on NHS cyber attack (15 May)

15 May: Our Data Security Centre continues to provide 24/7 specialist support to help NHS organisations, their in-house IT teams and staff deal with the NHS cyber attack.

UPDATE: Cyber security incident (14 May)

Our Data Security Centre continues to work around the clock alongside the National Cyber Security Centre, to support NHS organisations that have reported any issues related to this cyber attack.

UPDATED Statement on reported NHS cyber-attack (13 May)

13 May 2017: We are continuing to work around the clock to support NHS organisations that have reported any issue due to yesterday's cyber-attack.

Statement on reported NHS cyber attack

A number of NHS organisations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack.

Three new reports on alcohol use and misuse published today

03 May, 2017: Statistics on Alcohol, England, 2017 acts as a reference point for health issues relating to alcohol use and misuse by providing information obtained from a number of sources2 including newly published information on

NHS Digital appoints new CEO

18 April, 2017: NHS Digital has appointed technology and change leader Sarah Wilkinson as its new CEO.

Statistics to be brought together in accessible format with launch of General Practice data hub

12 April, 2017: Health care professionals, charities, journalists and patients will be soon able to view a wide range of statistical information on GP practices from across England in one place with the launch of a new data hub.

Report on health and care of people with learning disabilities published

Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities: 2015-16 is published today by NHS Digital. It includes information on people with and without learning disabilities, collected from over half of GP practices in England, in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Report brings together latest statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet

30 March 2017: An annual report published today brings together information from a variety of sources to provide a comprehensive picture of obesity related health issues in England.

Report shows change in NHS workforce over time

29 March 2017: The number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff working for the NHS in England has increased by 2.2 per cent (26,000) since 2015, NHS Digital figures released today show.

Seventh National Pulmonary Hypertension Audit published

23 March 2017: The National Audit of Pulmonary Hypertension sets out to measure the quality of care provided to people referred to pulmonary hypertension services in England and Scotland.

NHS Digital extends programme to widen participation in digital health

NHS Digital aims to help thousands of people to improve their digital health skills, with the launch of the next phase of a three-year Widening Digital Participation (WDP) programme.

Improving access to HES data

16 March 2017: NHS Digital is developing a new process to publish Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) significantly sooner for improved analysis, planning and patient care.

Report highlights need for early intervention for diabetic foot ulcers

8 March 2017: A report published today finds that early intervention is important in the management of diabetic foot disease, with people who receive expert care most quickly having the best outcomes.

Latest experimental statistics about female genital mutilation published

07 March, 2017: New official figures published today provide experimental statistics on female genital mutilation (FGM) in England, from October 2016 to December 2016.

Prevalence of hypoglycaemic episodes declines in hospitals, according to diabetes inpatient audit

8 March 2017: The prevalence of all hypoglycaemic episodes in hospital, both mild and severe, has decreased from 26 per cent in 2011 to 20 per cent in 2016.

NHS Digital announced as key sponsor of Leeds Digital Festival 2017

6 March 2017: NHS Digital, the national provider of information, data and IT for the health and social care sector, is delighted to be a key sponsor of Leeds Digital Festival 2017.

New report brings together data on drug misuse

28 February, 2017 An annual report that brings together information from a variety of sources to give a joined-up picture of drug misuse has been published by NHS Digital1.

Breast cancer screening coverage sees first increase in five years

23 February 2017: Breast cancer screening coverage has increased for the first time since 2011, new NHS Digital figures show.

NHS Wi-Fi launched in GP surgeries

17 February 2017: More than five million patients will be able to access free to use Wi-Fi in early adopter GP practices, enabling them to link in with local health clinics and services and paving the way for future developments in digital patient care.

IGARD formally launches

13 February 2017: A new independent group that reviews applications for sensitive NHS Digital data has formally launched with expert members and an enhanced transparency remit.

GP patients now being referred to more appropriate services thanks to new online tool

08 February 2017: GPs have welcomed a new online feature which is expected to bring about a reduction in the number of patients being referred to inappropriate services.

3 February: Summary Care Record reaches 100,000 views in a week

The Summary Care Record - an application which enables clinical staff to see potentially life-saving information - hit a milestone 100,000 views this week, according to NHS Digital.

31 January: Report shows variations in diabetes care

The National Diabetes Audit 2015-16, published by NHS Digital in partnership with Diabetes UK, found that the percentage of patients with Type 1 diabetes achieving NICE-recommended treatment targets for glucose control, blood pressure and cholesterol varied from 11 per cent in some CCGs/LHBs to 34 per cent in others.

New non-executive directors join NHS Digital's Board

NHS Digital has announced the appointment of of five new non-executive directors who have joined the leadership team.

Annual A&E statistics published

10 January 2017: New official figures published today provide details of Accident and Emergency activity in NHS hospitals in England during 2015-16.

A year of achievement

22 December 2016: NHS Digital chief executive Andy Williams looks back at the organisation's achievements in 2016 and looks forward to the new year.

Rebuttal of Mail on Sunday article "Hundreds MORE die unexpectedly at crisis hospitals"

14 December 2016: An article published by the Mail on Sunday on 11 December, said that "hundreds of patients are feared to have died unexpectedly at three NHS hospitals".

Household survey shows decline in numbers of children and young people smoking and drinking

14 December 2016: The 2015 Health Survey for England (2) (HSE) found that 16 per cent (3) of children aged 8 to 15 reported ever having an alcoholic drink (4.) This is the lowest level ever reported since the HSE began, down from the highest point of 45 per cent in 2003.

Largest English study into health and care of people with learning disabilities published today

09 December 2016: Report published by NHS Digital, in collaboration with Public Health England, highlights differences in the health outcomes of people with learning disabilities.

Summary Care Record now used in 50% of community pharmacies

08 December 2016: A major milestone has been achieved after uptake of the Summary Care Record among community pharmacies in England reached 50%.

Report examines UK dentists' morale and motivation

8 December 2016: Dentists' morale has generally fallen, according to official statistics published today.

Latest experimental statistics about female genital mutilation published

New official figures published today provide experimental statistics on female genital mutilation (FGM) in England, from July 2016 to September 2016.

First monthly report published on out of area placements for mental health patients

02 December 2016: NHS Digital has today published initial provisional figures from a new interim data collection which captures details on mental health patients being admitted to a unit that does not form part of their usual local network of services.

Hospital Outpatient Activity data published

1 December 2016: Statistics on outpatient activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector during 2015-16 are published by NHS Digital today.

Latest figures on detentions under the Mental Health Act published by NHS Digital

30 November 2016: New statistics have been published by NHS Digital1 today on the number of detentions under the Mental Health Act2 in England throughout 2015/16.

Prescribing costs in hospitals and the community

22 November 2016: "Prescribing costs in hospitals and the community", published today by NHS Digital, reports the overall costs of medicines used in hospitals and those prescribed in primary care. It also looks at medicines positively appraised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

NHS Digital CEO Announces Retirement

15 November 2016: NHS Digital Chief Executive Andy Williams has announced to staff he will retire from his role on 31 March 2017.

NHS Digital statement on NHS Mail service disruption

15 November 2016: In relation to service disruptions to NHS Mail on the morning of November 14, 2016, NHS Digital has released the following statement.

NHS Digital statement on NHS Mail service disruption

14 November 2016: In relation to service disruptions to NHS Mail on the morning of 14 November, 2016, NHS Digital has released the following statement.

Cervical screening coverage falls for second consecutive year

15 November 2016: Screening coverage across women aged 25-64, under the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, was 72.7 per cent as at 31 March 2016, down from 73.5 per cent in 2015 and 75.5 per cent in 2011.

Maternity report shows trends in hospital deliveries

9 November 2016: Figures released today by NHS Digital provide information on maternity activity in NHS hospitals in England.

Hospital admissions hit record high as population ages

9 November 2016: Hospital admissions in England rose to record levels last year, with 16.2 million admissions during 2015-16 - up from 12.7 million ten years ago.

A common vocabulary to reduce GP burden and improve patient care

3 November 2016: A programme of work is underway to introduce a single vocabulary for patient records to help drive primary care efficiencies and improve patient care.

NHS Digital call for social workers to help shape the future of information and technology

4 November 2016: The national information and technology partner for the health and care system is seeking expert input from social care professionals as part of its drive to best support the sector.

National Child Measurement Programme shows increased obesity prevalence in primary schools

3 November 2016: The prevalence of obesity has risen from 9.1 per cent in 2014-15 to 9.3 per cent in 2015-16 for children in reception2 and from 19.1 per cent to 19.8 per cent for those in year 6.

Report shows prevalence of conditions across England

27 October 2016: Figures released today by NHS Digital provide information on the prevalence of 21 conditions, including heart disease, hypertension, dementia, diabetes, and depression.

Latest figures released on local councils' adult social care spending

26 October 2016: New official figures have been published today which outline the total money spent by local authorities on adult social care.

Three hospital trust indicators published to aid research into seven-day NHS provision

26 October 2016: The experimental statistics presented in Seven-day Services, England, April 2015 - March 2016 provide a starting point for discussions on how to effectively measure improvement and variation in care provision across the week.

Report highlights increased risk of pregnancy complications for women with diabetes

21 October 2016: Many women with diabetes who become pregnant are at increased risk of complications because of a lack of preparation for pregnancy, according to a report published today.

Reproductive health statistics published

19 October 2016: National statistics on reproductive health services have been published today by NHS Digital.

Mental illness recovery linked with deprivation, report finds

18 October 2016: Official statistics published today show a strong link between deprivation and the likelihood of recovering from anxiety and depression.

Breast and cosmetic implant registry launched

15th October 2016: New registry will improve safety if implants fail

NHS Digital named as top digital employer in Leeds

14th October 2016: NHS Digital has come top of a Leeds-List ranking of 'digital and tech companies we would love to work for'.

New figures reveal running cost of NHS estate

11 October 2016: NHS Digital has today released figures detailing the costs of building, maintaining and servicing parts of the NHS estate - from how much is spent on feeding patients, to how many car parking spaces hospitals have.

Survey shows one in three adults with common mental disorders report using treatment services

29 September 2016: One in three adults aged 16-74, with conditions such as anxiety or depression, surveyed in England, were accessing mental health treatment in 2014.

Latest statistics for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards published by NHS Digital

28 September 2016: Annual statistics have been released today by NHS Digital on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) applications made to councils in England.

Latest GP workforce figures released

27 September 2016: New official figures published today provide detailed statistics relating to the general practice workforce in England as at 31 March 2016.

Annual NHS dental statistics published

23 September 2016: NHS Digital released figures today on all patients who received NHS dental care in England during the last financial year.

Annual childhood immunisation statistics published

22 September 2016: Figures released today present information on the vaccination of children against a number of diseases, in England, during 2015-16.

Annual NHS stop smoking service figures published

18 August 2016: Figures released today by NHS Digital show the number of people setting a quit date through NHS Stop Smoking Services in 2015/16

Non-executive directors wanted for NHS Digital

15 September 2016: The Secretary of State for Health is looking to appoint four Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to NHS Digital.

Patients undergoing four common NHS operations rate their recovery

11 August 2016: NHS Digital has published findings of patient surveys taken before and after four common surgical procedures performed by the NHS, to measure patients' health gain.

NHS e-Referral Service saves £10million in first year

7 September 2016: Development of new features now underway

Latest figures released on the earnings and expenses of GPs and dentists

14 September 2016: New official figures have been published today which outline the earnings and expenses of GPs and dentists for the 2014/15 financial year.

Number of written complaints about NHS falls by 4 per cent

15 September 2016: NHS Digital figures released today show there were 198,739 written complaints received over the last financial year(2) - the equivalent of around 544 per day - which was 8,668 (4.2 per cent) fewer than in 2014-15.

New report sheds light on GP practice workforce

New official figures published today detail all staff who provide health and care services within the GP practice workforce.

Three quarters of inpatient bariatric surgery procedures performed on women

Women underwent 76 per cent of bariatric surgery procedures performed by the NHS during 2014-15, according to the latest figures released by NHS Digital.

New figures released on hospital admissions for eating disorders

Latest analysis of hospital admissions for eating disorders is released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) today.

Two HSCIC projects in the frame to win prestigious award

Two NHS wide technology projects have been shortlisted for a prestigious HSJ Value in Healthcare Award 2016, recognising innovation and the hundreds of millions of pounds of savings they have made for the NHS.

National Information Board: Paperless 2020

In line with the NHS Five Year Forward View, Paperless 2020 presents HSCIC with a real opportunity to transform health and social care.

New trading name and new Chair for HSCIC

Two exciting developments have been announced about HSCIC's future by Life Sciences Minister George Freeman.

EPS 'highly commended' at prestigious awards ceremony

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) has been highly commended at the prestigious HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2016

Hospital admissions estimated to be attributable to smoking go up by 5 per cent in ten years

The number of hospital admissions estimated to be attributable to smoking was 475,0004 in 2014-15 - a rise of 23,000 (5 per cent) in the last ten years.

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