Warrington partnership organisations launch inquiry into health and social care data sharing

Could better data sharing improve care? Residents are being asked to have their say as part of a new inquiry launching this week.

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Patient information isn’t always automatically shared between care professionals such as GPs, midwives, consultants or social workers when they are providing care to a patient, client or service user.

Partners in Warrington have come together to look at this and see how local data sharing affects care and to see if any improvements can be made.

The organisations in the partnership, include Warrington Borough Council, NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group, Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust and Bridgewater Community NHS Foundation Trust.

A Select Committee Inquiry (SCI) will be launched on Thursday 27 November to explore local residents and professionals experiences of data sharing. The inquiry aims to gather information, opinions and experiences to see whether health and social care is compromised when data is not shared.

The SCI will consist of the gathering of written evidence, through a survey and social media, followed by three formal public hearings; where expert witnesses, professionals and members of the public from across the town will give their views orally, based on their experiences of data sharing.

The evidence will look at current data sharing and investigate whether this level is impacting on care or on patient experience and if so, identify what the barriers to sharing are.

A stage 1 report will be developed by the Select Committee the end of April 2015. The report will analyse the evidence, discuss the findings and make initial recommendations.

Bob Saunders, chair of the Select Committee Enquiry, said:

“By bringing together people with differing views and by having open, honest conversations in public we will be able to go some way to identifying and addressing issues that may be having an impact on care.  We want residents to receive the best possible care in Warrington and this inquiry will help to see if organisations need to make changes to data sharing processes to make this happen.

“We know that patient data is private and there may be concerns about sharing it. So, we want to hear everyone’s views to see if any changes need to be made and if so, make recommendations for changes that are right for you. Everyone can have their say, so please do take the time to fill out the survey and make your opinion count.”

Ways to have your say:

  • Fill in the survey and let us know your thoughts. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete, depending on how much you want to say. You can submit your survey anonymously if you wish to.
  • Hard copies of the survey can be obtained from: selectcommittee@warrington.gov.uk
  • To submit your thoughts in writing, to express your interest, put yourself forward to speak at one of the hearings, or for further information contact:  selectcommittee@warrington.gov.uk


E Shepphard
Partnerships and Performance
New Town House
Buttermarket Street

  • Give your comments informally via Twitter using the hashtag #Warringtondata. We’ll be asking some specific questions on social media, so follow @WarringtonBC and @WarringtonCCG to get involved.

The hearings will take place on:

  • Thursday 15th January 2015 9am – 1pm
  • Wednesday 21st January 2015 1pm-5pm
  • Wednesday 4th February 2015 9am-1pm

Further information about the SCI can be found at: www.warringtontogether.co.uk.

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