What's new - Updates

Updates to the service manual.

August 2020

Updates to the service manual in August 2020
Section Update
Accessibility

Added NHS digital accessibility posters

Content style guide

Added new entry for NHS Test and Trace to A to Z of NHS health writing

Get in touch

Added a new "Get in touch" page

June 2020

Updates to the service manual in June 2020
Section Update
Design system

Updated guidance and added more examples for the error message component

May 2020

Updates to the service manual in May 2020
Section Update
Design system

Added guidance for the main wrapper spacing modifier classes

Updated the footer component guidance

April 2020

Updates to the service manual in April 2020
Section Update
Community

Updated the backlog of components and patterns

Design system

Added conditionally revealing radio and checkbox components

March 2020

Updates to the service manual in February 2020
Section Update
Content style guide

Added new entries for calories, Deaf people, hearing loss, death and trimesters to A to Z of NHS health writing

Added a reference from disease to "condition" in the A to Z of NHS health writing

Added a new section on calories to the Numbers, measurements, dates and time page

Mentioned the social model of disability in the section on disabilities and conditions on the Inclusive language page

Changed the memorable number example under telephone numbers in the A to Z of NHS writing and explained that we use "call" or "phone"

Removed "straight away" from our guidance on hyphens

Standardised links in the A to Z of NHS health writing

Added new entry for coronavirus (COVID-19) to A to Z of NHS health writing

Design system

Updated Patterns index page with new wording after testing

Service manual policies

Updated cookie policy with information about other organisations' cookies

Updated Your privacy page with information about other organisations' cookies and with a section on social media

What's new

We published a new video of our public show and tell on YouTube.

February 2020

Updates to the service manual in February 2020
Section Update
Content style guide

Added a new entry in the A to Z of NHS health writing for "GP" and an updated entry for doctor"

Added an explanation about using months up to 2 years to the section on age in the Inclusive language page

Added new guidance on telephone numbers to the A to Z of NHS health writing, based on GOV.UK guidance

Improved the guidance on ordinal numbers on the Numbers, measurements, dates and time page

Removed the reference to the Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors on the content style guide hub page and added contact details instead

Updated guidance on sex and intersex on the Inclusive language page

Clarified guidance on temperature on the A to Z of NHS health writing page and in the measurements section on the Numbers, measurements, dates and time page

Updated presentation of examples on the Numbers, measurement, dates and time page

Amended wording of links on design example boxes across the design system

Design system

Added guidance and examples of an error summary and an error message working together

January 2020

Updates to the service manual in January 2020
Section Update
Site wide

Moved service manual from "beta" to "live". Added main, side and in-page navigation and other design changes

Community

Added new page: Backlog of components and patterns

Content style guide

Updated the Inclusive language page with revised guidance on "sex, gender and sexuality", "race, ethnicity, religion and nationality" and "age"

Added new entries for "chronic", "acute", "renal" and "kidney" to the A to Z of NHS health writing

Updated the A to Z of NHS health writing with entries for "pharmacy", "chemist" and "sex assigned or registered at birth"

Made it easier for people to understand negative contractions. Added "can't or cannot" and "don't or do not" to the A to Z of NHS health writing

Amended the guidance on using the number 1 on the Numbers, measurements, dates and time page

Amended index page and side navigation of How to write good questions to improve search results

Cookies

Updated Cookies page to reflect current cookies practice and let people opt in

Design system

Added a Hint text page to components after research showed users did not look for it in text input and other components

Amended wording on Prototyping page and Production code page

Get in touch

Added "Need help?" and "Get in touch" to pages across the site

NHS service standard

Amended NHS service standard page and About the NHS service standard page to make it clear that teams working to the GOV.UK service standard must meet all 14 points

Updated section 17 of the service standard with more detail about interoperability standards

Terms and conditions

Updated Terms and conditions page to make it clear the service manual is covered by the Open Government Licence

What's new

Added What's new section with updates and blog pages

Your privacy

Amended Your privacy page to reflect service manual policy and practice

December 2019

Updates to the service manual in December 2019
Section Update
Content style guide Updated the Formatting and punctuation page with guidance on full sentence bullet lists
NHS service standard Updated the NHS service standard to make it clearer how it supports the GOV.UK service standard
Search Added search functionality to the service manual

November 2019

Updates to the service manual in November 2019/caption>
Section Update
Content style guide

New guidance on how to write good questions in forms

Updated the A to Z of NHS health writing with a new entry on how to write the NHS number

Design system

New pattern page: Ask users for their NHS number

New style page: Focus state

New component page: Summary list

Improved Header component page with guidance on the new organisational header

Improved guidance on Colour page with guidance on defining focus styles, and Typography page with updated guidance on using the Frutiger licence

Get in touch

If you’ve got a question about the NHS digital service manual or want to feedback, get in touch.