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The desire to join up care is not new, but fresh impetus is being given to the topic by national bodies as they search for better and cheaper ways of delivering care.


  • The benefits of joined-up records can best be extended across England, Scotland, and Wales by encouraging more local projects while ensuring that they are capable of joining up with one another.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluate through case studies how different approaches have tackled the issues of joining up health and social care in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
  • Compare localized approaches to national programs.

Key questions answered

  • Why do smaller projects outperform larger projects?
  • What are the key challenges facing agencies when joining up health and social care?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises


  • Why join up records?
  • Health and social care organization in the UK
  • National patient numbering systems

Joining up record projects

  • The success of local projects
  • Bristol's Connecting Care
  • Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record
  • Leeds Care Record
  • Manchester Care Record and Greater Manchester plans
  • For national success, encourage local projects


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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