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Understanding your organisation’s data is essential to transformation

A ‘data revolution’ across health and care services in England is vital if local areas are to transform – this is the view of the NHS Confederation, on the launch of a new series of guides.

The new guides, produced by CHKS, part of Capita, in association with the NHS Confederation, are written for non-executive directors, encouraging organisations to ‘get to the heart of their data’. The guides aim to help board members to better understand data across the healthcare system, shining a light on how data can be used to drive improvement, provide effective oversight to and support the transformation of care.

Data is the lynchpin of health and social care transformation. As the system moves towards new ways of delivering care, data will be more important than ever in helping to stratify populations, manage demand and tear down the barriers to integrated care.

Extract from part 1 of ‘The non-executive director’s guide to NHS data’

The first guide – ‘Hospital activity, data sets and performance’ – considers data in acute care settings. It will be followed by a further three publications over 2017/18 that will illuminate information collected across the system and how it can support sustainability and transformation partnerships.

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