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Making joined-up patient records a reality


In 2018, NHS England made a significant step on the journey towards genuinely joined-up patient records by investing in five initial Local Health and Care Record Exemplars (LHCRE).

Based on similar principles to the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme, the aim is to accelerate progress in local areas already adopting best practice in the collection, protection and ethical use of patient information and encourage other regions to follow suit. The programme has now been extended to a further three LHCRE sites and ultimately intends to achieve national coverage.

Each LHCRE consists of either one or multiple Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs). Arden & GEM supported the successful wave 1 bid from Greater Manchester, building on our extensive data management expertise and our role providing DSCRO (Data Services for Commissioners Regional Offices) in the North West.

Towards the end of 2018, the CSU was successful in winning an exciting Local Health and Care Record project. When the original LHCRE programme began the Midlands and East of the country – covering 17 of the 44 STPs – wasn’t in receipt of funding support. We are now working closely with the teams across all 17 STPs to help identify strategy, leadership and architecture themes that will help the region accelerate its integrated record ambitions.

LHCR initiatives are important in their own right but are also crucial to NHS and Government plans to establish Digital Innovation Hubs to provide a safe, controlled and secure environment for research that can harness scientific developments for the benefit of patients.

Sharing information for people’s individual care can be lifesaving by quickly providing staff with the details they need, from patient histories to previous test results and care plans. The public already assume their GP Practice and hospital can see their records; now in the NHS’s 70th year through Local Health and Care Records we will start to make this possible.

Dr Simon Eccles, Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care