A quality-driven information system

The Government will work to make it possible for all the information systems that different organisations use to work better together so that information can be shared.

As well as investing in equipment, key health and care staff will be responsible for collecting and recording all the information.

They will be trained and supported to make sure the system works and health and care professionals will be encouraged to work with them.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre will be an online place where all NHS, public health and social care information in England will be kept. Other organisations and the public will be able to access this information to make health and social care better.

Things that will happen:

  • The Information Centre will be where all collected feedback and health and care information is kept and where everybody looks for information.
  • The Information Centre will provide a special secure service that allows health professionals and scientists to get information about the health of the population. This will help them to develop better treatments and medicines for the future.

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 patient, carer, member of public, health and care professional or service provider or commissioner.

Case studies

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

Using the national minimum data set for social care

The nature of social care is changing with increasing numbers of people employing their own care and support staff through direct payments from local authorities or other sources of funding. The National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) is … Read more → – Using the national minimum data set for social care

Improving the co-ordination of end of life care

New approaches are being implemented to improve the co-ordination, and quality, of care for people approaching the end of life. As recommended in the End of Life Care Strategy (DH, 2008), EPaCCS (formerly known as Locality Registers) were piloted in … Read more → – Improving the co-ordination of end of life care

Accredited peer brokers to help others plan their care

My Support Broker is a peer support brokerage service based on a social franchise model. Disabled, older people and their supporters are trained and accredited as peer brokers to help others to plan, find and manage their own care and … Read more → – Accredited peer brokers to help others plan their care

Homecare monitoring tracks visits from staff

Homecare monitoring uses telephones, mobile phones or similar data collection methods to track the times of visits by homecare staff. The service is well proven with eight companies approved to supply to Local Authorities via ESPO Framework 394/12. Currently over … Read more → – Homecare monitoring tracks visits from staff

Telemedicine reduces hospital admissions in Airedale

Airedale started out doing a telemedicine service for prison health (effectively outpatient consultations by video-conference) and have now expanded the approach to some of their long term care sand palliative care patients in their own homes as well as to … Read more → – Telemedicine reduces hospital admissions in Airedale

Embedding informatics into clinical education

Embedding Informatics into Clinical Education (eICE) is an example of partnership in practice, bringing clinicians, educators, professional bodies and informatics specialists together to promote the embedding of information handling knowledge and skills into pre and post-registration learning and development for … Read more → – Embedding informatics into clinical education

E-learning for those involved in delivering end of life care

Commissioned by the Department of Health to support the National End of Life Care Strategy (2008), e-ELCA has been developed by the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland in partnership with e-LfH. It offers around 130 easy … Read more → – E-learning for those involved in delivering end of life care

The benefits of iNurse and iConnect

Benefits of iNurse for community clinicians iNurse is proven to save each community clinician a minimum of one hour per working day. For example, if the product was used by a team of 300 nurses, saving only half an hour … Read more → – The benefits of iNurse and iConnect

Mobile working for health and care staff with iNurse

To succeed, a move to community based care must be supported by better technology for frontline workers – moving away from inefficient paper based working to streamlined electronic communication. iNurse from Advanced Health & Care is a simple and easy … Read more → – Mobile working for health and care staff with iNurse

The GP dashboard provides fast and intuitive access to information

The NHS North of Tyne RAIDR system is a dashboard analysis and reporting tool, developed to meet the information needs of GPs as both commissioners and primary care providers, offering a single portal for their information needs, and integrating previously … Read more → – The GP dashboard provides fast and intuitive access to information