CHCs launch in the North East and North Cumbria

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Posted on the 14th November 2016

Over a hundred professionals attended the launch of Connected Health Cities (CHC) for the North East and North Cumbria at The Core, Newcastle upon Tyne on Friday 4 November.  The programme also launched their first flagship initiative the Great North Care Record (GNCR).

The event attracted clinicians, care professionals and academics from across the region to hear about how the GNCR will provide joined up health and care services for those living in our region.  Launched in 2016 and rolling out to all North East residents during 2017, the GNCR will ensure patients receive more effective care by making information available to healthcare professionals at the right place and the right time.

The Connected Health Cities programme is also looking at information sharing to facilitate better care planning and research, and the appropriate consent required from citizens. At the event, The Connected Health Cities team announced the launch of three key work packages for (i) scoping a regional interoperability platform for health, local authorities and universities (ii) an engagement programme with the population of the North East and North Cumbria to gain more understanding of views on information sharing and consent and (iii) development of a regional consent model. In addition, five potential “care pathway” projects were also presented by leads from across the region.

“There is real enthusiasm for this project, we had 120 high profile delegates and the room was buzzing with people discussing ideas for collaboration and moving forward our care systems.”

Dr Joe McDonald, Director for Connected Health Cities

Take a look at a simulated emergency situation in Liverpool to see a practical example of the benefits of joined up care, showing how the right information at the right place at the right time can result in safer and more effective patient care.

The CHC programme is governed by the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) – the North East member organisations are Newcastle University, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust, Durham University, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for the North East and North Cumbria (NENC).

Please find below the presentations that were shown on the day:

  • Iain Buchan of The Farr Institute @ HeRC and The University of Manchester shares his thoughts on how NHS healthcare systems have developed from the 17th Century to the present day. The presentation titled  ‘Health Systems Learning from Data : A World First from North England’ considers geographical differences in life expectancy and how we can analyse health data to improve care. Looking at operating frameworks and integration, Professor Buchan regards the problems and potential risks and the benefits of analytics and data sharing.
  • Dr Simon Bowers and Kate Warriner take a light hearted look at how Liverpool has commenced their data sharing journey, with the aim of being paper free at point of care by 2020.  The presentation ‘Joining Up Services across Liverpool A New Era of Digital Care’ outlines their digital roadmap, vision and ambitions, where they are now and the obstacles they have overcome.
  • The Connected Health Cities team for the North East and North Cumbria outline their key aims and objectives for helping to join up care in the region.  Outlining progress to date as well as the issues faced so far in meeting the challenge of developing an evidence base for a Learning Health System in the North East and North Cumbria while also helping provide better data and intelligence for primary and secondary usage. The three initial CHC work packages – Interoperability, Public Engagement and Citizen Preferences(Consent) are considered in turn.

The following presentations are a snapshot of five local projects that are being developed with support from CHC:

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