NHS Providers | October 2019 | The NHS driving the nation’s health and wealth
NHS Providers have produced an infographic which establishes why the NHS is important, the scale and scope of its work. It shows how the NHS is an anchor institution in every local community, playing a fundamental role in our health and supporting communities and the nation’s economic growth and productivity (Source: NHS Providers).
National Data Guardian | August 2019 | National Data Guardian 2018-19 report
The National Data Guardian (NDG) has published a report reviewing the period between January 2018 to March 2019.
National Data Guardian for Health and Care Progress Report January 2018-19 looks back over the work of Dame Fiona Caldicott as National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care in England. It also outlines the workthat the Panel and Dame Fiona Caldicott have carried out since January 2018 to uphold those principles.
She describes the progress made against the eight work priorities set in her 2017 report, and outlines the NDG’s new priorities for 2019 onwards – her first set of work commitments since the NDG role became statutory on 1st April 2019.
Public attitudes to organisations innovating with NHS data | National Data Guardian
The National Data Guardian (NDG) has released findings from a poll on public attitudes to NHS organisations working with partners to use data to develop new medicines and technologies to improve health.
The poll tested what the public thought would be fair when partnerships with universities or private companies result in valuable new discoveries that could be traded commercially. It found strong support for the idea that NHS and patients should benefit from such partnerships although significant proportions of respondents said they neither agreed nor disagreed with whether the range of benefits was fair.
The NDG is now calling for a debate about the relationships between the NHS and those innovating with NHS data.
Making the right choices: Using data-driven technologies to transform mental healthcare | Reform
This report examines the current landscape of data-driven technologies and their applications in mental healthcare, highlighting areas where these tools offer the most potential for the NHS and its patients. It discusses what makes mental health different from other areas of health, and the implications this has for the application of data-driven tools. It examines barriers to implementation, and proposes ways to move forward.
The National Institute for Care and Health Excellence should make guidelines and protocols machine-readable to inform Clinical Decision Support Systems used in mental healthcare. This would make the guidelines more accessible to frontline practitioners and enable the guidelines to be continuously improved in accordance with up-to-date clinical evidence.
In order to improve understanding of mental health conditions, NHS Digital should develop a repository using data held by NHS organisations to help researchers securely identify suitable participants for mental health research studies and assess the feasibility of research projects at early stages. Similar governance frameworks to the Scottish Health Research Register should be employed.
NHSX should require all healthcare providers to design interoperable systems and ensure data portability. This would allow data generated from technologies such as wearables and sensors to be transferred across platforms.
National Audit Office | June 2019 | Challenges in using data across government
The National Audit Office has published Challenges in using data across government, this report sets out the National Audit Office’s experience of data across government, including initial efforts to start to address the issues. From their past work we have identified three areas where government needs to establish the pre-conditions for success: clear strategy and leadership; a coherent infrastructure for managing data; and broader enablers to safeguard and support the better use of data. In this report they consider:
the current data landscape across government;
how government needs a clear plan and leadership to improve its use of data;
the quality, standards and systems needed to use data effectively; and
This publication brings together healthcare experts to discuss the potential of a data-driven approach to cancer care.
The following articles show how data are currently shaping the delivery of cancer care, how to gain the most from data that are currently available and how to maximise the potential of this data in the future:
Health inequalities data tell an unjust tale of two cities
Simple changes could improve cancer care now
The right data?
The evolution of cancer data to improve patient care
Untapped potential: Investing in health and care data analytics | The Health Foundation
This new report from the Health Foundation highlights key reasons why there should be more investment in analytical capability. The report calls for action and investment across the system so the NHS has the right people with the right tools to interpret and create value from its data. This could result in an NHS that can make faster progress on improving outcomes for patients.
The NHS generates a huge amount of data. Making better use of this growing mountain of information has the potential to improve care and how services are run.
Yet the NHS is failing to make the most of its data because there aren’t enough people with the right analytical skills to make sense of the information that is being collected.
More investment is needed in skilled analysts to unlock the full potential of NHS data to benefit patients.
Nine key reasons why there should be more investment in analytical capability:
Clinicians can use the insights generated by skilled analysts to improve diagnosis and disease management.
National and local NHS leaders can evaluate innovations and new models of care to find out if expected changes and benefits were realised.
Board members of local NHS organisations and systems can use analysis to inform changes to service delivery in complex organisations and care systems.
Local NHS leaders can improve the way they manage, monitor and improve care quality day-to-day.
Senior NHS decision makers can better measure and evaluate improvements and respond effectively to national incentives and regulation.
Managers can make complex decisions about allocating limited resources and setting priorities for care.
Local NHS leaders will gain a better understanding of how patients flow through the system.
New digital tools can be developed and new data interpreted so clinicians and managers can better collaborate and use their insights to improve care.
Patients and the public will be able to better use and understand health care data.