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NHS number to be used more

9th December 2008

In a letter to all NHS chief executives and medical directors, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh promotes wider use of the NHS Number.

He says "Implementing the NHS Number is not just about data quality or finding the number to put on a record so that data sets are complete, it is about facilitating safe and effective transfer of information across the system through the NHS Connecting for Health. It fundamentally underpins our approach to clinical quality and patient safety".

The letter sas: "Only gaining wider contributions are we able to validate the guidance to gain a full insight into best practice."

The National Patient Safety Agency has issued a Safer Practice Notice that requires all NHS organisations in England and Wales to use the NHS Number as the national, unique patient identifier by September 2009.


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