Digital Delivery Centre
The Digital Delivery Centre (DDC) oversees a number of key national applications and infrastructure for health and social care IT.
Using agile development techniques and Open Source technology the DDC is bringing a number of digital innovations which build on the existing Spine infrastructure.
We are committed to listening to the views of our users – clinicians and citizens alike and improving and developing our digital services to meet their requirements.
Building on our delivery capability we have developed over the past few years we have created 'DevOps teams' to support rapid solutions and releases.
We do this by:
- Focusing on the delivery of the highest value and most innovative products and services that support the needs of the health and social care sector.
- Establishing ways of working that learn from the best technology companies in the private sector.
- Developing direct relationships with service users and gaining rapid feedback.
- Using a scalable model delivery unit, with clear costs and a standard approach to technical delivery.
Areas covered by the DDC
- Spine: a collection of national applications, systems and directories that support the NHS in the exchange of information across national and local systems. Hosts demographic information for 80 million citizens plus a number of national applications including Summary Care Record and the Electronic Prescription Service.
- Care Identity Service (CIS): authenticates and manages Smartcard access for Spine's 1.1million Smartcard holders.
- Secondary Uses Service (SUS): the single repository for healthcare data in England, enabling a range of reporting and analyses to support in the delivery of healthcare services.
- Messaging Exchange for Social Care and Health (MESH): a new service under development to replace the Data Transfer Service (DTS). DTS is the application-to-application messaging services and exchanges around 12 million messages a month. Services will begin transitioning from DTS to MESH in early 2016 and we aim to complete by the end of June 2016.
A number of services are currently under development by the DDC. These include:
- The Spine allows safeguarding of vulnerable patients across organisational boundaries such as female genital mutilation and child protection information services.
- Patients who object to their data being used for purposes beyond their direct care have their preferences stored on the Spine. This ensures that their personal preferences on information sharing are securely stored.
- The Access Improvement Programme is looking at how to improve access to Spine services. This includes authentication using mobile devices, cardless authentication and improved functionality to enable clinicians to move from one application to another without the need for repeated sign in.
- Patient access to the information we hold nationally which will allow them to control who they share information with.
A summary document (PDF, 423.3kB) explains how the DDC portfolio sits together.
The DDC also has a LinkedIn page where they post a number of news, blog and updates on the programme.
Warranted Environment Specification (WES)
The Warranted Environment Specification (WES) defines the client environments that are supported for accessing Spine systems via an NHS Smartcard. For more details see our Spine Technical Information section.