Ignaz is a smartphone application with restricted access developed by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber, in collaboration with the Improvement Academy (on behalf of Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network), Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Bradford Teaching Hospitals.


The app enables Trusts to develop their own handbook with clinical, non-clinical and educational resources made readily accessible to all healthcare professionals either on personal or Trust-provided hand-held mobile devices. Trainees rotate regularly and have to familiarize themselves every few months to a new department and/or hospital. This can prove a challenge and take time. Ignaz can provide information regarding bleep systems, nearest ECG machines, the canteen opening hours etc. in order to facilitate the transition of trainees between hospitals. The aim is to streamline working, thereby improving patient safety and quality of care.

It has been designed to be shared across the NHS with no on-going app or database licensing costs.

Currently 15 Trusts are signed up with 6 Trusts having gone live.

  • Bradford Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: pilot site live since August 2013
  • Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust: pilot site live August 2013: meetings on-going with deputy medical director to link to Leeds Health Pathway
  • Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust: pilot site since August 2013
  • Leeds CCGs (North, West and South & East): live July 2014, building more content presently
  • Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust: live August 2014, building more content presently
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: went live August 2014

For further information the website is www.ignaz.nhs.uk and follow Ignaz on Twitter @IgnazHandbook.

Our Previous Work

Have a look at some of the work the Improvement Academy has previously been involved in.

Further Information

Ignaz Website: www.ignaz.nhs.uk