NHS Digital will be the new trading name for the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) this summer, to build on the role it plays in directly supporting the NHS and social care services.
HSCIC is the national provider of information, data and IT systems for commissioners, analysts and clinicians in health and social care. The new name of NHS Digital, which will operate under the strapline: Information and technology for better health and care, will help to build public recognition, confidence and trust.
Speaking at the National Information Board's Leadership Summit, the Minister for Life Sciences, George Freeman, explained that NHS Digital will continue its core purpose to deliver high quality information, IT systems and services for health and social care. It will also demonstrate that technological development and effective use of information can transform the quality of care a patient receives.
The Secretary of State has also appointed Noel Gordon to be the new Chair for NHS Digital. Formerly an economist, Mr Gordon has spent most of his career in consultancy, including 16 years at Accenture where he was global managing director of the Banking Industry Practice.
Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman MP said:
Healthcare in the 21st century is going digital with improved treatment and care, and with huge benefits for patient safety. The newly named NHS Digital will provide important information and IT services to ensure better care for patients. This is an exciting time for NHS leadership in medical technology and NHS Digital will help to develop the NHS's ability to deliver modern services. I'm pleased that Noel Gordon has agreed to lead NHS Digital as the organisation's new chairman.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It delivers high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes.
Its work includes publishing more than 260 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
Noel Gordon profile
Noel Gordon is currently the Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Specialised Services Commissioing Committee at NHS England.
He was appointed to the NHS England Board in July 2014 and appointed Chair of the Specialised Services Commissioning Committee. Formerly an economist, Noel spent most of his career in consultancy until his retirement in 2012 including, for the last 16 years, with Accenture where he was global managing director of the Banking Industry Practice.
He has extensive practical experience of driving fundamental innovations in transforming industries, and of big data, analytics, mobile and digital technologies. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Department of Health's Accelerated Access Review, member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the University of Warwick and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of UserVoice.org.