Background to the National Knowledge Service for Health and Social Care
13 of the Executive Summary of The Department of Health's
Response to the Report of the Public Inquiry into children's
heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary
describes a "programme of reform" including the
establishment of "a National Knowledge Service for the
NHS to support the delivery of high quality information for
patients and staff".
The Department of Health and the NHS already produce, procure and commission knowledge for patients and staff based on research, data and experience. This knowledge, however, is unconnected and difficult to find for the busy clinician or anxious patient.
The mission of the National Knowledge Service is to ensure that all these sources of knowledge are brought together to let patients and professionals base their decisions on best current knowledge. To do this the National Knowledge Service has three strategies:
- developing common standards for the production and procurement of knowledge;
- mobilising the knowledge so that there is a common core of knowledge integrated in every patient record and care pathway;
- developing and implementing the technical standards and solutions to make these objectives possible.
This will be achieved through a partnership of
NHS and DH knowledge providers.