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Socitm members are set to engage in shaping how data is shared across local areas to enable integrated and safe care on a day to day basis. 

Thanks to a partnership between Socitm and NHS England’s Learning from Local, a series of workshops will be delivered at our regional conferences this autumn to showcase the Local Health and Care Record Exemplar (LHCRE) programme. 

LHCREs are designed to support local areas that are already adopting best practice in the collection, protection and ethical use of health and care data to go further, to go faster and to encourage others to follow swiftly in their footsteps. 

Mark Avery, director of health informatics at Cambridge University Health Partners, will be on hand to discuss the benefits and challenges of joining up care and data with Socitm members at our Midlands and East conference in Northampton on 12 September. 

The event will include an interactive workshop for local authorities, particularly those involved in delivering social care, where the hot topics will be collaborative working and best practice in data sharing, before concluding with members’ feedback.  

Andy Hadley, solution architect at Dorset Integrated Care System, will provide an update on how the Wessex LHCRE is progressing at the South and South West event in Bristol on 26 September. 

Andy is keen to work with health and social care colleagues to raise the bar in how information can be safely and securely shared to help deliver better care for citizens. 

Benefits of shared care and health information include reduction in repeat or duplicate tests and hospital admissions, safeguarding of children and adults and helping to deliver relevant care and health services more effectively. A key element of these projects will be to build public trust, by ensuring that data is used in an ethical and secure manner reflecting individual concerns and consent. 

A delighted Martin Ferguson, director of policy and research at Socitm, said: “What an opportunity! Our Socitm events have been chosen to showcase what the LHCRE programme is doing to make a real difference to people’s experience of health and care. Socitm members will exchange views and learning from a wide variety of local experiences, all grounded in sharing data to enable integrated and safe care for their residents.”