What is NDS?

Our mission is to improve the quality and delivery of health and social care across Scotland by building a National Digital Platform for clinical data.

Until now NHS Scotland technology has been in bits, over decades, by a number of different public sector organisations and private companies.

Policymakers, expert advisors and NHS staff themselves have all told us that we need a new approach to deliver the full potential of technology to improve quality of care.

We need one system, connected, safe and accessible.

Who we are

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NES Digital Service (NDS) is building the foundation for all clinical data in Scotland enabling:

  • Rapid improvement in both the quality and delivery of health and social care across Scotland, helping the lives of all its citizens
  • The people of Scotland to have appropriate access to accurate, up to date clinical information and make it easier for them to arrange appointments and update their records
  • Medical Research based on larger, more detailed and up to date data than ever before


We are a fast-growing team within NHS Education for Scotland, building new digital systems & products enabling clinicians and care workers to improve the lives of the people of Scotland.

Our team includes a rich mix of talent from both clinical, public sector and tech companies like Skyscanner, Travelnest and Aridhia.

As part of NHS Scotland, we benefit from opportunities to work with a wide range of partners excited by the potential of technology to improve health and social care – including health and care professionals and patients. Their feedback and perspective is invaluable - informing and helping ensure we build services meeting everyone's needs.

Geoff Huggins


Geoff has been director of Health and Social Care Integration at the Scottish Government since 2014 and before that was Head of Mental Health.

Dr Alistair Hann

Chief Technology Officer

Alistair was previously CTO at Skyscanner from 2011-2017, as the company grew from 60 to 800 staff. He holds a Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Oxford.

Liz Elliot

Chief Operating Officer

Liz was previously the COO for Health Data Research UK (https://www.hdruk.ac.uk ) and has held a number of senior management positions in both the public and private sectors.

Working with us


How we work is important. We firmly believe that we can take the best software engineering skills from private and public sectors. We want to build a fresh new team that can work inside the NHS to develop the right products in-house, efficiently and effectively.

In surveys, colleagues describe NDS as "innovative", "fun", "caring" and "providing truly rewarding challenges and benefits". We especially enjoy: 

  • Collaboration - We help each other, encourage feedback and regard everyone as equal
  • Impact – in our teams and on people's lives
  • Scale – of opportunities to improve health & social care
  • Learning Everyday
  • Great Life-Work Balance and flexible working practices
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Contact us

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