Data and information

Information has been described as the lifeblood of the NHS. As such, it is a vital asset for the clinical management of individual patients and the efficient management of services throughout the NHS. Within NHS England, the Chief Data Officer’s team is responsible for the development and delivery of our strategy for the use of data at every level of the organisation.

The Chief Data Officer’s team is organised into three units:

Dr Geraint Lewis, Chief Data Officer says, “These three new units work closely together to ensure we understand more precisely the requirements for data, while always ensuring that patient rights are respected and that we adhere to the interlocking legal framework.

“In the coming years, the NHS Five Year Forward View is set to revolutionise the way we deliver high quality care for all and data will be at the heart of that transformation,” said Dr Lewis. “High quality information will empower the health and social care sector in identifying where new care is needed to meet the needs of local populations. Using data, we can determine what care is working well and what needs to be improved, allowing patients, clinicians and commissioners to compare the quality and efficiency of care in different parts of the country.”