Driving forward the digital transformation of health and social care


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NHSX and NHS Digital to merge with NHS England and NHS Improvement

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has announced that NHSX and NHS Digital are to merge into NHS England and NHS Improvement, in order to accelerate the digital transformation of the NHS.

NHSX will evolve into the strategy function of the new Transformation Directorate. The strategy function will keep our joint unit status, and also include staff drawn from across the wider directorate. The strategy function’s role will emphatically continue to include the digital transformation of social care.

Both the Secretary of State and the Chief Executive of NHS England have paid tribute to both organisations’ work during the pandemic and in driving forward the digital transformation of care.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid said:

"To ensure our record NHS investment makes a lasting impact, I am bringing workforce planning and digital transformation into the heart of the NHS.

"These reforms will support our recovery from COVID-19 and help us tackle waiting lists to give patients excellent care in years to come.

"I would like to pay tribute to all our colleagues at Health Education England, NHS Digital and NHSX for the enormous progress they have made, which we will continue to drive forward with their help."

Amanda Pritchard, NHS chief executive said:

"NHS organisations have worked more closely than ever to respond to the COVID pandemic and these changes build on that success.

"Digital and workforce are central to transforming the NHS to tackle the backlog and recover services after the COVID pandemic, as well of course deliver on our Long Term Plan commitments and maintain momentum of the lifesaving NHS COVID vaccination programme, all while looking after thousands of patients in hospital with the virus. By coming together in this way, the whole health service can continue progress in delivering these goals."

Chief executive of NHSX, Matthew Gould, said:

"For the past two years, NHSX has been making the case for digital transformation in the NHS, and for digital to be integrated within the NHS rather than kept in its own silo. This reorganisation is the culmination of that campaign. It is an excellent step - a more coherent structure that will allow us to accelerate digital transformation across health and care."

"It comes after two years in which NHSX, NHS Digital and the NHS and social care frontline have together made extraordinary progress - from allowing the NHS to move to remote working and consultations in the heat of the pandemic, to introducing virtual wards and remote monitoring of patients at home, to building the tech to underpin the vaccine rollout and the NHS COVID Pass."