Child protection information to be shared with school nurses and health visitors

A tool that provides data on protected vulnerable children for the NHS and local authorities is being broadened to include school nurses and health visitors | NHS Digital

The move forms part of NHS Digital’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and is intended to strengthen protection for children at risk of abuse at a time when the risk for many is heightened.

Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS) is a system that alerts NHS staff when children who are subject to a child protection plan, or children designated as ‘looked after’, or pregnant women who have an unborn child protection plan, present at an unscheduled care setting (such as an A&E or walk in centre). It also alerts the child’s social worker when such a visit occurs, ensuring a joined up full picture.

Now the system is being urgently amended so that school nurses and health visitors will receive details of all children falling under any of those three categories in their school or area. The information will be sent to them via their clinical system from the NHS Spine.

Full detail at NHS Digital

NHS staff and parents to gain access to crucial child health information

NHS Digital | April 2019 | NHS staff and parents to gain access to crucial child health information

A new live service which enable access to important child health information at the point of care for health professionals has been launched by the NHS.

The service, the National Events Management Service, securely publishes information on key health interventions for children. Parents and health professionals can securely receive information digitally and use it to inform decisions on care and treatment, the service is the result of collaboration between NHS Digital and NHS England with IT suppliers.


The service shows which preventative interventions a child has received; improving the speed of diagnosis and treatment by giving health visitors and parents access to the same information sources at the same time.

The service has initially launched in North East London in partnership with North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) and their health visiting and child health services. IT suppliers which already support the Trust have connected their products to the new service.

Full details from  NHS Digital


NHS App pilot research findings

This report presents the findings of research carried out during the pilot phase of the NHS App roll out. The research was used to test and improve the user experience of the NHS App, and to plan effective support for GP practices as the app is rolled out across England | via NHS Digital


In late 2017, it was decided that the NHS would develop an app that all patients in England could use to carry out a series of important tasks, such as booking GP appointments and ordering repeat prescriptions. Since then a team of staff from NHS Digital and NHS England has been working to develop, build and test the NHS App.

This report contains the findings from the pilot phase, drawn from analytics and what was found during research with users and GP practices.

Full report at NHS Digital

Benefits of digital technology in maternity services

A new report shows for the first time how digitally ‘savvy’ maternity services in England are – and aims to drive up the better use of technology | NHS Digital

The majority of maternity providers are making a good start at using digital technology, according to the Maternity Digital Maturity Assessment report, produced by NHS Digital.

Greater use of digital technology will help maternity staff and services to provide better care for patients and more effectively use resources.

All 135 maternity providers completed an assessment of their progress in adopting digital technology, such as providing electronic health records, sharing information digitally and giving patients access to online resources. The assessment also looked at how much investment was being made in software, equipment and infrastructure.

Providers were assessed according to their level of digital maturity with the results helping organisations identify their strengths and gaps in the use of digital services and highlighting common challenges faced by maternity providers and potential solutions which could help them improve their digital maturity.


Recommendations include encouraging greater collaboration, so that the more digitally mature maternity providers share their expertise with the handful who had low maturity levels. The report also reinforces important messages around the need to identify and support digital leaders at all levels throughout maternity services.

Full detail: Insight into digital uptake in maternity services aims to bring benefits of technology to mums | NHS Digital

Full report: Maternity Digital Maturity Assessment report | NHS England

New Digital transformation bulletin


The new Digital transformation bulletin is for anyone with an interest in data, digital technology and services within health and care. Providing a round-up of the latest news, programme updates, events and relevant media coverage in the digital transformation of the NHS.

The bulletin will be published every six weeks, giving a flavour of the depth and breadth of digital work being driven nationally by teams across NHS England, NHS Digital, NHS improvement, the Department of Health and Social Care and beyond. Subscribe now to receive the latest news and developments.

Social media boost for breast screening

More women attend for breast screening thanks to success of digital inclusion project | NHS Digital

An NHS project using social media to improve health by boosting digital inclusion has led to a 13 per cent increase in first time attendances for breast screening in Stoke-on-Trent over four years.

The local initiative saw information about screening posted on Facebook community groups, which empowered and enabled women to make appointments by reducing their anxiety around breast examinations. It also allowed them to communicate quickly and easily with health practitioners to ask questions about the screening process.


Through this project, the North Midlands Breast Screening Service promoted their Facebook page on local community groups which their target group – women aged over 50 – regularly visited.

The screening team posted information such as patients explaining about how the screening process works and how it has affected them, and videos showing the rooms where it takes place. Posts were designed to encourage women to share them and so spread the message about the benefits and importance of screening.

The service’s Facebook page also answered questions in the group and by direct messaging, enabling women to book appointments more easily.

Full detail: More women attend for breast screening thanks to success of digital inclusion project | NHS Digital

See also: Social media could help raise breast screening take-up | OnMedica

Clinical informatics and digital delivery in health and care: a career framework outline for nurses and allied health professionals

NHS Digital | September 2018 | Developing a clinically focused digital workforce

NHS Digital has produced Clinical informatics and digital delivery in health and care: a career framework outline for nurses and allied health professionals- guidance, produced with input from Health Education England, NHS England, NHS Digital and the Royal College of Nursing, outlines a career framework to enable nurses and AHPs to develop a career in digital health/clinical informatics and help clinicians and professional bodies recognise their valuable contribution to systems development, implementation roll-out and evaluation (Source: NHS Digital).


Further information at NHS Digital 

Clinical informatics and digital delivery in health and care: a career framework outline for nurses and allied health professionals

There are also toolkits for staff produced by NHS Improvement:

Effective deployment of digital systems in healthcare: a toolkit for clinical staff

Effective deployment of digital systems in healthcare: a toolkit for clinical staff — tools



New NHS app will make it quicker and easier to access health services

The free app will be available to everyone in England in December 2018


The new NHS app will give patients safe and secure access to their GP record. Patients will be able to use it to:

  • make GP appointments
  • order repeat prescriptions
  • manage long-term conditions
  • access 111 online for urgent medical queries

It means patients will be able to secure a GP appointment with the click of a button, rather than join a queue of callers attempting to ring the local surgery at the same time each morning.

Patients will also be able to use the app to state their preferences relating to:

  • data-sharing
  • organ donation
  • end-of-life care

The app has been developed by NHS Digital and NHS England. It will be available through the App Store or Google Play and once downloaded users can simply sign up for an NHS account.

Full story here

Progress Report: Strategic Partnership Agreement, NHS Digital & techUK

NHS Digital | Progress Report: Strategic Partnership Agreement, NHS Digital & techUK 
NHS Digital and techUK have been working together since September 2016 within a  strategic partnership. This  report documents the progress to date of the strategic partnership. It also identifies new priorities for the partnership and six key areas to focus on in the first half of 2018.

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Some of the priorities outlined include: 

•Working with SMEs: Commit to ensuring the health and social care economy gets   full value from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Both organisations will work
together to ensure SMEs are gaining a share of NHS and social care business.

• Future tech: Horizon scanning for innovative technologies that can be leveraged by
the NHS this includes blockchain and artificial intelligence.

• Cyber Security: Continue to progress with the good work and support the security operation centre procurement.

• Collaborate with wider community: This would include local bodies, trusts and CCG’s.

Further information is available from NHS Digital:  NHS Digital and techUK look to next steps in their partnership

The full report can be read here