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What we do

We’re here to improve health and social care by giving people the technology they need.

NHSX will deliver the Health Secretary’s Tech Vision, building on the NHS Long Term Plan. We will speed up the digital transformation of the NHS and social care. We are here to:

  • help people stay well and manage their own care by giving them easy access to quality digital services and their data
  • help NHS staff to focus on patients, by freeing up their time through digital technology
  • work with providers and the Local Government Association to understand how technology can help staff and users of social care services

Our responsibilities

Coordination and consistency

  • Setting national policy for NHS technology, digital and data (including data-sharing and transparency)
  • Setting the strategy, developing best practice guidance, coordinating activities across the arms-length bodies and national or central programmes
  • Becoming a single point of accountability for national digital transformation programmes and the oversight of NHS Digital

Setting standards

  • Developing, agreeing and mandating clear standards (for example, on user experience, open standards, information governance, and open source) for the use of technology in the NHS
  • Making sure that NHS systems become interoperable and that the NHS can incorporate the latest innovations without breaking the technical plumbing underneath

Driving implementation

  • Helping to improve clinical care by delivering agile, user-focused projects
  • Developing digital care pathways and solving administrative challenges across the NHS
  • Delivering APIs and documentation to empower developers and data analysts across the NHS and the health tech industry
  • Driving digital and tech maturity in local NHS organisations

Radical innovation

  • Supporting the use of new, emergent and effective technologies by the NHS, both by working with industry and through its own prototyping and development

Common technologies and services

  • Making sure that common technologies and services, including the NHS App, are designed so that trusts and surgeries don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time
  • Making sure that that all source code is open by default so that anyone who wants to write code for the NHS can see what we need

Reforming procurement

  • Helping the NHS buy the right technology through the application of technology standards, streamlined spend controls and new procurement frameworks that support our standards

Cyber policy

  • Setting national strategy and mandating cyber security standards, so that NHS and social care systems have security designed in from the start

Digital capability

  • Championing and developing digital training, skills and culture so our staff are digital-ready

Governance

  • Delivering an efficient process for technology spend, domain name management, and website security
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of governance arrangements regularly

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