The relationship between the NHS and social care providers has traditionally been problematic. But could new initiatives to share data help bridge the gap between the two sectors, asks freelance social care writer Eleanore Robinson?
Collecting and sharing information from social care providers and the NHS and, crucially, using it to make informed decisions, is something the TEC Services Association (TSA) has been trying to achieve through a series of leadership roundtables. Among the difficulties highlighted is a failure to optimise data, explains chief executive Alyson Scurfield: “We are collecting data but not intelligence. We do not maximise this data. We [need to] see how we can use that to get better outcomes for people.”
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