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Information sharing has a role to play throughout the local transformation process:

  • To inform the understanding of local needs and priorities
  • To influence the design of services tailored to the local context and targeted to priority groups
  • To deliver services on the ground, supporting frontline practitioners
  • To monitor and evaluate the service interventions.

The Centre of Excellence supports local areas in all these contexts.

  • The website contains case studies, guidance, templates and good practice, to support places on their information sharing journey
  • Specialist expertise is available to help local areas develop and implement information sharing solutions
  • Where local evidence shows a need for change, the Centre and others will work across government to influence national change, to remove barriers to information sharing
  • We bring local areas together, to share solutions to emerging issues, and to spread good practice.

Case study: Integration health and social care – the Hampshire Health Record (PDF)

The Hampshire Health Record is a local electronic health and care record which helps better clinical decision-making, and which also feeds into an analytical database which is used to help plan and evaluate services.  Key lessons from the case study:

  • Have a clear understanding of the needs of users (in this case, practitioners) in order to design an information sharing service which meets their needs.
  • By involving lay members in the information governance, it helps everyone to keep the priorities of service users at the front of their mind.
  • It can be hard to capture the benefits of information sharing; the team have built a workstream to systematically capture the benefits that the HHR brings.

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