NHS Digital

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NHS Digital is the national provider of information, data and IT systems in the National Health Service.

It is a is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health.

It was formerly known as the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), which was set up in 2013. It was rebranded 'NHS Digital: Information and technology for better health and care’ in August 2016 to 'build public recognition, confidence and trust'.[1]

It has an operating budget of £250 million and a team of 2,500 staff.


NHS Digital's statutory duties include:

  • collecting and publishing health and care information
  • providing national technology for health and care services
  • producing information standards
  • improving the quality of health and care information and data
  • publishing national indicators for health and care
  • giving advice and support to health and care organisations on information and cyber security
  • providing the Information Governance Toolkit for care organisations to assess how well they are handling information and data



The register of interests for NHS Digital's board members is only available by written request. It doesn't publish it on its website like most normal government bodies.[2]

Board of Directors

Ex officio members


Other members of the Executive Management Team (may attend the Board at the discretion of the Chair):

  • Tom Denwood, Director of Provider Support and Integration; he works on delivering Electronic Patient Record systems, as well as leading the ‘futures’ work on apps and assistive devices. He is Vice Chair of Strategy and Policy at the British Computer Society Health, a voluntary role.
  • James Hawkins, Director of Programmes
  • Sean Walsh, Interim Director of Operations & Assurance Services and Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO)[5]




  1. changing its name to NHS Digital, DH press release, April 2016
  2. Lists and registers, NHS Digital website, accessed June 2017
  3. Our Sectors, Aleron website, accessed July 2017
  4. Daniel Benton, Linkedin profile, accessed June 2017
  5. Our Governance, NHS Digital website, accessed June 2017