Placing social care on the informatics agenda

18 Mar 2016, 11:32 am

The DoH and LGA are taking part in the development of information standards to support the integration of health and social care

Creating information standards to support the Care Act is a painstaking process, but good progress is being made and a draft should be available for consultation within a matter of weeks, two leading figures in the effort told the Local Digital Futures conference.

Andrew Fenton, a consultant on informatics for the Department of Health, and Cecil Sinclair, adviser on health and care programmes at the Local Government Association, highlighted the main elements of the drive for a closer integration of health and social care. Fenton said it is the first time that social care has been included in high level discussions on informatics, notably by the National Information Board, and that it is crucial that professionals from both sectors fully understand each other when liaising on patient care.

Sinclair said there are five key streams in the work: developing the national roles to support development of standards and local interoperability; a focus on co-design and collaboration; exploring the use of open application programme interfaces; creating an environment conducive to sharing best practice; and ensuring the effort is place based.

View their presentation in full below.