Our Partnership is made up of organisations working closely together to plan services and address the challenges facing health and care services across the area.
In this section you will find links to useful information and publications about our partnership.
We are committed to meaningful conversations with people, on the right issues at the right time. We believe this is an important part of the way we work.
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The future of shared records in West Yorkshire and Harrogate – our regional digital team will lead the rollout in partnership with the central Yorkshire and Humber Care Record team
Digital is integral to delivering the transformation we need in health and care services. The NHS is undergoing digital transformation at pace. Covid-19 has also become a catalyst for speeding up digital transformation.
In the summer of 2019, the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Digital Programme embarked on a journey to develop a digital strategy that clarifies the vision, principles and outlines the digital programme would take to delivering digital transformation across the Partnership. The digital strategy was developed with direct input from the Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Clinical Information Officers (CCIOs) from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, as well as input from key stakeholders within the Partnership such as System Leadership Executive (SLE) Group, Clinical Forum and Partnership priority programme leads.
A key component of our digital strategy is shared care records. In July 2018 Yorkshire and Humber was awarded £7.5M in funding, by NHS England as an exemplar to kickstart a Local Health Care Record (LHCR) over 2 years. In this time the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record (YHCR) programme has created a suite of solutions to facilitate the sharing of information across organisations in the region to improve care and the patient experience.
The first set of Yorkshire & Humber NHS organisations are connected to the YHCR and a number of others are in the process of connecting. The work so far has been delivered by a central team and now the responsibility for further roll out will be led by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Digital Team. Our aim is to on-board (connect) all West Yorkshire and Harrogate health and care organisations as quickly as possible and so we are launching a piece of discovery work to undertake the detailed planning to make this happen. In order to connect organisations, we need to understand in detail the current local set ups to enable us to schedule the necessary technical and non-technical work.
Over the last two years the YHCR programme has delivered:
The Partnership’s Digital Board has agreed work to see all organisations connected for use. This work was paused during Covid-19 and restarted in June 2020 with the following priorities:
The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Digital Team will be actively engaging with and working with all organisations in our region over the coming months.
July 2019 update
The Yorkshire & Humber Care Record team has met with each health partnership digital team – Humber, Coast & Vale, South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw and West Yorkshire & Harrogate - to discuss plans for future roll out. The results from these meetings are being collated and prioritised over the next few weeks with each regional lead to form an 18 month plan. We will keep you up to speed with progression.
The technology used to joined up the systems across the region has been demonstrated to NHS England to evidence our funding milestones – we are pleased to report we are on target.
The initial pilot sites across the regions are moving forward from proof of concept status into sharing live patient information. The benefits have been identified and baseline measurements taken for each site; these will measured once each site is operational.
Planning is underway to add more organisations to the pilots, so far we’ve met with Harrogate and York and others are being scheduled.
We also announced the procurement for the population health management capability – please click here for further info
Please do keep an eye on our website for updates.
In June 2018, NHS England announced that Yorkshire and Humber is one of five areas chosen to become ‘Local Health and Care Record Exemplars’ (LHCRE). NHS England launched the LHCRE programme to reduce unnecessary patient tests and improve patient safety through better working between hospitals, GPs and social care.
Each new partnership will receive up to £7.5 million over two years to put in place an electronic shared local health and care record that makes the relevant information about people instantly available to everyone involved in their care and support.
This report summarises insight research commissioned to inform the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record. It aims to explore the beliefs that people have about how their health and care records could and should be used, their boundaries for what they are willing for their data to be used for, their concerns around how their data could be used, and the reassurances they want about how their data is safe.
Download and read the Joined up Yorkshire and Humber report
New Senior Responsible Officer (May 2019)
Dr John Byrne has been confirmed as the new Senior Responsible Officer for the Yorkshire & Humber Care Record - one of five exemplars within NHS England’s Local Health and Care Record programme.
Dr Byrne, an Executive Medical Director at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust which provides mental health, community, GP, learning disability and specialist services also has a GP background.
He is also the executive lead for quality improvement and knows what is important to both staff and those accessing health and care services.
Read more about John's appointment...
What is the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record?
At the moment, every health and social care organisation that you use has a different set of patient or service user records for you. These records may duplicate information or one record might hold information about your treatment, care and support that another one doesn’t. To provide the best care to you as a patient or service user it is essential that health and social care professionals have access to the most up-to-date information.
It will be a secure virtual health and social care record. It will pull key information from different health and social care records and store it in one combined record. This enables health and social care professionals to find all the key information for your care in one place.