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Record day for the NHS Spine as junior doctors hit the wards

07 August, 2015: The NHS Spine successfully dealt with a record number of electronic registrations this week in support of the latest intake of junior doctors to the NHS.

At the height of activity on Thursday, almost 3,200 new registrations were handled by the service alongside the thousands of electronic messages that Spine supports on any given day, with no impact on service.

This figure is 37 per cent higher than the equivalent day last year, while the figure for Wednesday, the first intake day, was 24 per cent higher.

Connecting thousands of health organisations across England, the Spine is managed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The service is crucial for health professionals as it provides 24/7 secure access to essential national IT services that support effective care.

HSCIC Director of Operations and Assurance Rob Shaw said: "All of the team who work on Spine know how vital this system is for the health service, in helping professionals provide around-the-clock care.

"They work hard to ensure that Spine, which is essentially the electronic backbone of the NHS, can cope with any peaks in demand and I would say that Thursday's extraordinary spike was a challenge well met.

"Supporting NHS professionals to deliver effective patient care is an absolute priority for the HSCIC. I am pleased that we have been able to play a small but significant part in supporting a smooth introduction to working life for new doctors."


Notes to editors

  1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 260 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
  2. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 100.
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