Welcome to our latest update on the Thames Valley & Surrey Local Health & Care Records Partnership
A significant focus in recent months has been the delivery of two key milestones – the signing of the partnership agreement by all care systems across the Thames Valley & Surrey Local Health & Care Records (TVS LHCR) area and the procurement and mobilisation of a contract with System C & Graphnet Care Alliance as our commercial partner, to work with us to deliver the TVS care records platform and population health system. The TVS LHCR partnership has been applauded nationally for this very detailed and rigorous procurement and due diligence process. We have also just launched a website for the programme - see more below.
Our programme is all about using data to improve health and care and further unlock the potential that working together as a partnership across the Thames Valley and Surrey can bring. These benefits could be brought to a wide range of areas including urgent care, early intervention in psychosis, maternity, cancer and image sharing. We describe the first steps in this work later in the bulletin.
I and other colleagues have been getting out and about across the patch to meet with system leaders and colleagues to extend the conversations about the potential of partnership. In those conversations, I am increasingly being asked about how the TVS shared records platform can support the delivery of Population Health Management. I am keen to explore specifics with clinicians and non-clinicians in each system. Senior leaders in Buckinghamshire, for example, are coming together to explore how we can use the data we are collecting to answer a specific question around urgent admissions of patients with respiratory illnesses. Sharing the output from these sessions and the learning is of course an important element of our programme.
Can I also encourage you to register for the TVS network event supported by Digital Health on the 5th November - see below for more information and to register.
Senior Responsible Officer for the Programme
Website goes live!
The Thames Valley and Surrey Local Health and Care Records Partnership (TVS LHCR) website is now live. Visit the site to find out how we will be building on existing local health and care records to improve the quality, safety and experience of care.
Information about the TVS partnership, its purpose and plans
How the partnership relates to and supports local health and care record programmes, including links through to local websites e.g. Berkshire’s Share Your Care
Information for members of the public and health and care professionals
Our aim is for the website to be the key place to find the latest information about the partnership – please do direct colleagues and others to the site to find out about how we are supporting locally driven work.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Colin Godbold to the TVS LHCR Programme Board as part of our continued commitment to working in partnership with patients and the public, following a recent recruitment exercise.
Colin brings a commitment to transparency and the effective sharing of health information which will help provide essential, independent challenge to our work. Colin’s extensive business background in IT and consultancy, alongside lay member roles in SCAS, Frimley Health Foundation Trust and the Administrative Data Research Network, give him a unique set of skills and experience on which to draw.
As well as his role on the TVS Programme Board, we will be asking Colin to help with the future delivery of our coproduction work, which includes establishing our Engagement Advisory Board.
Focus on benefits
Vince Weldon, Benefits Lead for the TVS LHCR, is leading work to engage with key stakeholders and networks to develop a set of use-case descriptions that will scope out the kind of benefits that the care records platform can enable. These will develop and define important benefits for the TVS programme across the following themes:
This work will develop with stakeholders a clear outline of what kind of benefits the TVS care records programme can support in each theme, across the range of information-use supporting direct care for individuals, through population health management, strategic insights and research.
This short piece of work (to early Sept) will then lead to user engagement and process mapping to provide more substantive input to the development of functionality and data scope in the TVS care records platform.
Technical project underway
Following the appointment of the System C & Graphnet Care Alliance as the partnership’s commercial partner, work has progressed quickly to:
Work with the national teams
Establish initial architecture
Carry out intial cyber security assessments to design security in from the outset
Delivery and Service Management Board established
TVS Design Authority established which will be co-chaired by Nick De Pennington (TVS Clinical Lead) and Bryn Wales (TVS Architect and CyberSecurity lead) as this group brings care professionals and technical people together to focus on key design issues for the programme as it develops.
TVS Information Governance Working Group established looking at the IG challenges to enable data-sharing via the TVS care records platform from the autumn
Within the project are a number of work-streams across a range of key tasks, including building the core infrastructure and enabling data feeds from local shared care records.
Partnership Information Governance leads have been meeting regularly over the past few months to discuss the challenges faced in getting the critical assessments and agreements in place that will allow us to share care information across the region. We will be writing separately to each of the partners clarifying what needs to be done across the summer to enable us to achieve the challenging target of having records live within the system from the autumn.
Save the date!
TVS LHCR event in partnership with Digital Health:
"Thames Valley & Surrey LHCR - Early Milestones and Lessons Learned"
When: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Where: Holiday Inn Express, London Heathrow T5, London Rd, Slough, SL3 8QB
Time: Arrival 09.30am (for a 10.00am start) – 16.00pm