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The NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) wants to make better use of data to improve people’s wellbeing. Working across different organisations in the health and care sector, including the NHS, councils, care providers, hospices, Healthwatch and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, we can make a positive difference to people’s lives. This can be supported by joining the data dots to tackle health inequalities we know exist across West Yorkshire.
For example, some health and care services experience high numbers of childhood asthma in a particular neighbourhood or area. This can be due to several factors such as poor, damp housing, lack of parental understanding about their child’s inhaler techniques and / or access to regular health follow-ups.
To better support people and plan the best services for them now and in the future, we need to link data from across our partnership.
To do this we want to work even closer with primary care services, for example GPs, pharmacists, community care services and councils to develop a data tool where health and care professionals can access the information. Importantly this will help to identify inequalities sooner and more easily.
The first stage is to process and link GP data with a range of NHS digital health and social care provider datasets. This will support many areas of health inequalities across NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board, including:
- Urgent community response
- Care in people’s homes, including for children and young people
- Virtual wards, which allow people to get the care they need at home safely and conveniently, rather than being in hospital
- Ageing well
- Connecting care across organisations
- Population health management - a way of working to help frontline teams understand current health and care needs and predict what will be needed in the future.
This data will be used to find out which people are at high risk, prevent people needing hospital care unless necessary and identify gaps in services, as well as inform service redesigns.
This data will never be linked to a person’s name or address so they cannot be identified by it. This de-identified data will be processed in a secure and confidential manner and in strict accordance with legal obligations including where applicable the NHS Digital Data Sharing Framework Contract and any Data Sharing Agreements which the integrated care board has entered with NHS Digital.
We will apply the National Opt Out to this initiative. Managed by NHS Digital the national data opt-out is a service that allows patients to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for research and planning. The national data opt-out was introduced in May 2018 and is in line with the recommendations of the National Data Guardian in her Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. People can view or change their national data opt-out choice at any time by using the online service at www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or by calling 0300 3035678. Patients are also able to contact their GP provider and notify them of their preference.
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