A replacement for the current Smartcard authentication and management applications is being introduced by the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The Care Identity Service (CIS) went live in the early hours of Sunday 22 February 2015.
The Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has announced that, as of February 2015, the milestone figure of 50 million Summary Care Records (SCRs) has been reached. The centre points out that, thanks to the SCR programme, the NHS can now safely share key clinical information for nine out of ten people across England to support safer patient care.
On 13 March, Public Health England (PHE) announced that it had been advised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that meningococcal group W (MenW) immunisation be offered to 14 to 18 year-olds.