Information sharing and interoperability in social care 2018/19

With funding from the Local Health and Care Record programme, the LGA commissioned Socitm to carry out a discovery project to help understand progress and challenges in information sharing across the sector.


Background

Over the last few years progress has been made by local areas and councils in information sharing within social care.

Increasingly local areas are joining up information so that health and care professionals have access to the information they need so that people do not need to tell their story more than once.

Local areas are also exploring opportunities to give people access to their own information and access this through the device and applications they choose.

However, we have heard from councils that there remain significant barriers in information sharing. Councils have told us that information is not as easy to share as it could be.

The Department of Health and Social Care published at the end of 2018 a technology vision which includes a commitment towards tackling barriers to information sharing. The adoption of open standards that enable information to be shared in an easy and accessible way is one of the commitments to this.

Shared Care Record Exemplars

Information sharing discovery report

With funding from the Local Health and Care Record programme, the LGA commissioned Socitm to carry out a discovery project to help understand progress and challenges in information sharing across the sector.

The discovery involved 13 sessions with 36 councils between January and April 2019. In addition engagement took place with six system vendors alongside a workshop with national and professional bodies.

The report sets out the findings and makes eleven recommendations to support the sector in this area.

Local government social care data standards and interoperability