NHS England - Transformation Directorate

The National Strategy for AI in Health and Social Care

Supporting the equitable deployment of safe and effective AI-driven technologies at scale.


The first draft of the National Strategy for AI in Health and Social Care is available on the NHS AI Lab Virtual Hub.

Developing an AI strategy for health and care

In early 2021 we started a process of research and engagement that led to the publication of an early draft strategy in September 2021. The links on this page provide you with further information about why we're creating this strategy, the phases of our research and ways in which you can get involved.

Across our health and care services, AI-driven technologies are increasingly being used to help improve the patient experience, give the workforce a helping hand and help the system run more efficiently.

The NHS AI Lab is creating an environment that supports the development of AI-driven technologies, streamlines their regulation and the routes to market, and supports the health and care workforce to understand the benefits of AI and develop the skills to use it. 

However, this will only be realised if we continue the momentum of such large-scale transformation. 

This is why we are developing a national strategy for the development, implementation, scaling and monitoring of AI-driven technologies in the UK’s health and adult social care systems.

Working with you

The NHS AI Lab believes in working openly and collaboratively with a wide range of people to deliver a strategy that meets the needs of those developing, using and receiving care with the assistance of AI-driven technologies. Our aim is to put the health and care workforce on the front foot in a rapidly changing AI landscape.

We are seeking to create a dialogue with a wide audience to develop this strategy. To get involved:

  • follow the development of the strategy on this page - we will be sharing learnings and progress of the work
  • join the NHS AI Virtual Hub on Future NHS - the hub is a collaborative space, open to all, which we will use to seek input, ideas and feedback into the strategy
  • visit the NHS AI Lab: Get involved webpage to find out about opportunities to help shape our work
  • contact us directly with ideas and feedback on the strategy at ailab@nhsx.nhs.uk
  • What is the NHS AI Virtual Hub?

AI TV: Hear our plans for developing a national strategy

Indra Joshi, Director of AI, and Leanne Summers, Head of AI Strategy, discuss the research taking place for an AI strategy

The people advising the strategy

Throughout the development of this strategy we are guided by a working group of organisations and stakeholders who are involved in the development and deployment of AI in health and adult social care, as well as those who will be using AI or receive care through the use of these technologies. The group provides advice and recommendations on our work to ensure the outcomes of the strategy meets the needs of those working in health and adult social care, patients and the public.

Working group members

Dr Hatim Abdulhussein - General Practice Registrar and Clinical Lead to Digital, AI and Robotics in Education Programme, Health Education England.

Jay Ashton-Butler - National AI Strategy Implementation Lead, Office for Artificial Intelligence.

Helen Balsdon - Florence Nightingale Foundation Digital Leadership Fellow, Office of the Chief Nursing Information Officer and Director of Patient Safety NHSX.

Megan Eldred - Senior Strategy Manager, Strategy Unit, NHSX.

Ari Ercole - Consultant in intensive care medicine and deputy chief clinical informatics officer, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Tim Gentry - Chief Technical Programme Director, Data Services Directorate at NHS Digital.

Sigal Hachlili - Director of AI, Data and Digital Innovation at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and The Artificial Intelligence Centre for Value Based Healthcare.

Sharon Houlden - Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Health, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Sukhmeet Panesar - Deputy Director, Strategy and Development, Data and Analytics, Office for Chief Data and Analytics Officer.

Linn Phipps - NHSX Patient and Public Voice Partner.

Jane Townson - CEO, United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA).

Richard Turnbull - Strategy Lead (Workforce Planning and Intelligence Directorate), Health Education England.


AI Strategy resources

A list of the documents, reports and videos that have helped to inform the development of our draft National Strategy for AI in Health and Care.