Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most. Just click on the question to view the answer.

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The work of the partnership

What is a LHCR?

A Local Health and Care Record (LHCR) partnership is a group of NHS and local authority organisations working together using digital technology to share information to help continually improve health and care services. The Thames Valley and Surrey (TVS) Care Records Partnership is one of the national LHCR programmes.

For further information see NHS England's summary of the Local Health and Care Record Exemplar programme and the NHS England announcement regarding Thames Valley and Surrey.

Health and Care Information sharing

What is health and care data?

Your health and care information is held by organisations that provide your care, like your GP, hospital or care home. This information is often stored electronically (not on paper). Data about you can be used to:

  • provide your personal care
  • plan health and care services
  • carry out research to find new treatments or services.

Population health

What is Population Health?
Population Health is an approach aimed at improving the health of an entire population.  It is about converting insights into action - improving the physical and mental health outcomes and wellbeing of people, whilst reducing health inequalities within and across a defined population. It includes action to reduce the occurrence of ill-health, including addressing wider determinants of health, and requires working with communities and partner agencies.

For further information see the King's Fund report: A Vision for Population Health.