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‚ÄčLocal Care Partnerships in south east London - One London one of first three Local Health and Care Record Exemplars

Local Care Partnerships are new partnerships which will be introduced to give health and care staff better and faster access to vital information about the person in their care, so they can determine the right action as quickly as possible, whether that is urgent tests or a referral to a specialist. With this, doctors and nurses will be able to reduce unnecessary patient tests and improve safety through better communication between hospitals, GPs and social care. At the moment, in many local areas GPs and other care professionals are often not able to access crucial patient information quickly if it is held in another part of the health service. They sometimes have to rely on arranging meetings, telephone calls, post or fax instead. In recent years a number of projects, such as the Local Care Record and ConnectCare, have successfully enabled different parts of the health service to share crucial patient information. In many cases this is supporting integrated health and social care teams who are working together.

NHS England has announced that three areas, covering 14 million people, have been chosen to become 'Local Health and Care Record Exemplars' (LHCRE), including One London. South east London played a crucial role in the successful One London bid and now expect to play a core role in its implementation. Each new partnership will receive up to £7.5 million (£1.5m for South East London) 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.

Each Local Health and Care Record Exemplar will work on a larger scale than existing local projects, providing healthcare staff who need it access to the information they need for people's individual care. Each LHCRE is made up of either one or multiple Sustainability Transformation Partnerships (STPs). The new partnerships will also work to better understand demand for our services and to plan effectively for future demand.

The Government will also introduce a new national data opt-out as of 25 May, which will offer people a choice on how their identifiable information is used for research and planning purposes. The NHS has a long history of scientific breakthroughs and providing patient's with access to leading research trials and the latest treatments. In the future the NHS and Government will seek to establish Digital Innovation Hubs to provide a safe, controlled and secure environment for research that can bring patients benefits from scientific breakthroughs much faster.