NHS England with the Local Government Association has recently announced the selection of five areas across England as ‘Local Health and Care Record Exemplars’ or ‘LHCRE’. Following a competitive bidding process, two areas supported by SCW – Thames Valley & Surrey, and Wessex – have been successful, along with London, Greater Manchester, and Yorkshire & Humberside. The bid from the South West was unfortunately not successful at this stage, but the area continues to drive forward ambitions reflecting the same vision as the LHCRE programme.
The aim of the LHCRE is to create an information sharing environment that helps our health and care services continually improve the treatments we use, ensures that care is tailored to the needs of each individual, and can empower people to look after themselves better and make informed choices about their own health and care.
LHCRE programmes will “raise the bar” in how the NHS, and its partners, share information safely and securely to help deliver better care for our populations
Each programme will receive targeted investment to deliver truly integrated health and care services in their area. National capital funding of up to £7.5m will be made available for each of the localities for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.
The selection of Thames Valley & Surrey (TVS) allows the area to build on and connect up a number of dynamic existing programmes:
The Connected Care programme in Berkshire and Frimley
The Oxfordshire Care Record
My Care Record in Buckinghamshire, going live in August
Surrey Heartlands launching the Surrey Care Record in August
Milton Keynes developments to implement a Health Information Exchange.
The TVS programme will focus on improving patient care and healthy lives through these developments, closely aligned to the priorities of the STPs and Integrated Care Systems in the area:
Support, accelerate and spread best practice across the five area-based shared records programmes and on patient / citizen access and digital services (including PHRs)
Development of the TVS Virtual Regional Record for Individual Care – a federated linkage of the 5 area-based systems
Development of the TVS System-Wide Hub supporting Population Health Management, Intelligence and potentially research.
Similar developments are planned in the Wessex LHCRE programme, building on the successful CHIE in Hampshire and Isle of Wight (Care& Health Information Exchange) and the Dorset Care Record.
SCW looks forward to supporting these programmes as they get underway and develop, with a focus on programme management support, business case development, technical architecture, information governance, and links to our DSCRO / data management services.