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Promoting open-source in the NHS

Open source is the practice of publishing code of a software project so that anyone can read, modify, re-use, and improve that software.

Developers across the NHS frequently use existing open source packages and modules in their work, as part of the NHS App, for example.

The last eight years has seen a ‘cambrian explosion’ in the use of open-source software. From the first repository published by NHS England in 2014, to over 1,200 today.

Python, R, and web development tools (HTML, css, Ruby, PHP) are the most popular languages used. Source: Open-Source Health Statistics

Why should we open-source our code?

“Public services are built with public money, and so the code they are based on should be made available across the health and care system, and those working with it, to reuse and build on” NHS Digital Service Manual.

Open source means that the NHS can give our work back to the people who fund it, the public: allowing them to more easily join our staff, more quickly develop products and SMEs to support us, and better understand and trust the work we do on their behalf NHS Open-source Policy.

The Transformation Directorate of NHS England (NHSX) has published draft guidance on how to open source your code for health and care organisations with guidance on where to put the code, how to license and what licences to use, how to maintain and case studies of teams who have done this.

The NHS open-source policy will become officially available in Summer 2022

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