NIMS was initially provided by the System C & Graphnet Care Alliance and supported the management of the influenza and Covid-19 vaccination programmes across England. It was delivered in partnership with NHS South Central & West CSU.
NIMS supported almost every aspect of the national vaccination programme, from identifying prioritised patients to be vaccinated, through to recording vaccinations as they were given.
The system was commissioned for the enhanced winter flu programme in August 2020 ahead of the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
The national Covid-19 system went live in November 2020. It processed vaccinations given at 1,500 vaccination sites and fed the NHS data store which was used to inform vaccination centre operations.
NIMS was the National Immunisation System of Record and provided data for Public Health England, NHS England and at ministerial level.
NIMS provided the following:
NIMS dashboards for reporting and analytics were used by 1,500 professionals to manage local vaccination programmes. These were targeted dashboards for specific users in three main categories:
1) Vaccination centre dashboards
Tracked progress at individual centres so that they could manage throughput and plan.
2) A local dashboard
To monitor and plan vaccination uptake across a local care community. This supported targeting of vaccination services in local areas ranging from groups of GP practices through to Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and entire Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) covering millions of people.
3) Health and social care employer dashboards
Helped NHS Trusts and local authorities manage vaccination programmes for their staff.
This system was based on System C and Graphnet’s shared record data integration technology, population health system and CarePlus specialist software for managing child health and immunisation programmes.
The Care Alliance also supplied an ‘immunisation status’ API which allowed all applications which captured data at the point of care, and a number of local and national booking services, to integrate with NIMS.