The Chair of the Health & Social Care Information Centre, Noel Gordon, has announced that the organisation is changing its name to ‘NHS Digital’ from today, 1 August. In a statement, he said:
Our new name reflects our belief in the central role we play in helping deliver the technology and information elements of the Five Year Forward View as a key partner in our health and
care system. It speaks to our essential purpose as a catalyst for the digital revolution in health and care crystallised in our intense focus on the delivery of the ‘Paperless 2020’ programmes.
Our new name, developed with the input of patient-led research, will be accompanied with the strapline ‘Information and technology for better health and care’, intended as a reminder of our inclusive commitment to the wider care community as well as to our health system.
Our statutory remit is unchanged and we will keep the ‘Health and Social Care Information Centre’ name as our legal entity. We are launching a new website, digital.nhs.uk which provides advice and information on the statistics, services and support we provide.
Our new name provides an opportunity to relaunch our capabilities and help people understand better the services we provide that support the triple aim of better health, better healthcare and lower cost. As we embark on our journey of renewal as NHS Digital we will listen and take guidance from stakeholders on the shape of the capabilities we will need to deliver our commitments in