Recently, NHS Digital has published two public consultations that are of broad public interest and deserving of comprehensive feedback. They are looking to define principles and standards for the use of NHS technology and data.
It’s positive that these things are out there for public input but sometimes they don’t get the breadth of audience, and depth of attention, that they need.
There is a strong argument for just getting high-level principles out there with some authority, especially if they are broad enough that everyone can get behind them; the Secretary of State Matt Hancock has done this recently with a policy paper:
“The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care”
The policy paper has received strong support from across the system, but to make these principles work for us we need to start “baking them in” to the way the the NHS works – at that point a bit more attention is required.
I’ve summarised and linked to them below in the hope that you will take a bit of time to take part.