Connected information for integrated care

This is about recording and sharing information about our health and care so that all the different professionals who may look after us can work together to give us better treatment and care.

By 2015 improvements in the way that GPs and hospitals record and share our records and test results will mean that we get treatment more quickly and safely.

In time professionals will be able to access bits of information taken from all of our records that will support them to find out things like who has access to services, what services need to improve, which treatments work and how services can be improved to be safer and save money.

Things that will happen:

  • Information we give to any health or care professional will be recorded properly and shared safely so that we do not have to keep telling people the same thing again and again.
  • Our own unique NHS number will be used on all of our records so that they are kept together.
  • Professionals will be able to access any useful records about us online but it will be done in a way that will keep our information safe and in one place.
  • Services across England will have to use IT systems that can work together so that information can be shared wherever you are.
  • Health and care professionals must be willing to work together on this to make it work.

What this will mean for you

To find out more you can read the full information strategy or find out what this will mean for you as a member of public, a patient, carer, health and care professional, service provider, or commissioner.

Case studies

Below are some case studies demonstrating examples of good practice already taking place…

This is me – a snapshot of the person with dementia

This is me is a leaflet produced by Alzheimer’s Society to help people with dementia to receive person-centred care, particularly if they are admitted to hospital. It is a simple and practical tool that someone going into hospital can give … Read more → – This is me – a snapshot of the person with dementia

Free access to end of life care training

Skills for Care continues to offer free access to e-End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) training to adult social care employers registered with the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC). The DH e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) is … Read more → – Free access to end of life care training

Lincolnshire Health Trainer Programme

The Health Trainer programme in Lincolnshire was set up in 2008-09 to cover the priority areas of Lincoln, East Lindsey, Boston, Grantham, Gainsborough, Sleaford and South Holland.  In late 2009 the service further expanded with two Health Trainers being appointed … Read more → – Lincolnshire Health Trainer Programme

The coalition commitment on information sharing to tackle violence

The Coalition Programme for Government includes a commitment to require hospitals to share non-confidential information with the police, so they know where gun and knife crime is happening. The implementation of this commitment focuses on the date, location and type … Read more → – The coalition commitment on information sharing to tackle violence

Telecare service empowers people living with MS

People living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are being empowered to self-manage and avoid visits to their GP or A&E by using a new telecare service called NeuroResponse, based at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, UCLH. Working with service … Read more → – Telecare service empowers people living with MS

A knowledge hub for housing

The Housing LIN (Learning & Improvement Network) is the leading ‘knowledge hub’ for a growing network of 5,700 housing, health and social care professionals in England involved in planning, commissioning, designing, funding, building and managing housing, care and support services … Read more → – A knowledge hub for housing

The End of Life Care Intelligence Network

The End of Life Care Strategy, published in 2008, recognised that this was a data-poor area.  To remedy this we established the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network. The Network is not an organisation but a voluntary confederation of … Read more → – The End of Life Care Intelligence Network

Improving access to psychological therapies

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme was designed to address the need for a much more comprehensive psychological therapies service, aimed at providing treatment for patients suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. Since 2008 the Programme has established … Read more → – Improving access to psychological therapies

Ensuring better access to patient decision aids

Beginning in 2012,  the Right Care Shared Decision Making Programme is addressing the challenge of embedding access to a group of 36  Patient Decision Aids (PDAs) developed by the Programme,  in primary and secondary provider information systems. These PDAs will … Read more → – Ensuring better access to patient decision aids

Bristol care homes use barcode medication systems to transform safety and save the NHS money

Medication safety systems have been transformed in a number of Bristol care homes with introduction of pioneering barcode technology, due to an innovative collaboration between NHS Bristol, Pharmacy Plus and the care home sector. National research suggests 52% of care … Read more → – Bristol care homes use barcode medication systems to transform safety and save the NHS money