NHSX initiative
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s NHSX initiative, that aims to transform digital innovation in the health service, officially launched last week

With an investment of more than £1 billion a year, NHSX has been created to give staff and citizens the technology they need, as part of the NHS Long Term Plan to modernise health services.

NHSX brings teams from the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement together into one unit to drive digital transformation.

Our mission: Give patients and staff the technology they need

Hancock hopes that it will spearhead the largest digital health and social care transformation programme in the world. 

NHSX missions:

  • Reducing the burden on clinicians and staff, so they can focus on patients
  • Giving people the tools to access information and services directly
  • Ensuring clinical information can be safely accessed, wherever it is needed
  • Aiding the improvement of patient safety across the NHS
  • Improving NHS productivity with digital technology

Among the projects overseen by NHSX is the existing Global Digital Exemplar programme, focused on creating sites of digital excellence.

There is also the Local Health and Care Records Exemplar (LHCRE) programme supporting joining up data across multiple sites, as well as the NHS Digital Academy.


The leadership team of NHSX are: Matthew Gould (CEO), Simon Eccles, Will Smart, Tara Donnelly and Katie Farrington.

On the day of the launch, Matthew Gould commented: “I’ve never felt as excited to do a job before. If we get it right, I know we can make an enormous difference to the NHS and to social care.”

As the high profile project launched Hancock said that he would spend the rest of the month listening to views of NHS staff after concerns were voiced following the failure of the last transformation project, 10 years ago.



NHSX launches on mission to digitally transform the health service




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