Combination of data reflects moves to integrate health and social care
The Welsh Government has highlighted the push to integrate health and social care with the extension and rebranding of the My Local Health Service website to provide information on social issues.
Now named My Local Health and Social Care, it has taken in social services data for each local authority in Wales. In cases where the council data is not available it provides it at a national level. This has been added to the data on the performance of different healthcare organisations around Wales.
Health and social services minister Mark Drakeford said: “My Local Health Service has helped to improve transparency in our NHS. The refresh will increase it even further, providing a wider range of easily accessible information about health and social services.
“It will also provide a platform to display the shared health and social services measures from both the NHS and social services outcomes frameworks, showing clearly how these services are performing.”
The site is pulling in data on a range of social issues, including numbers on delayed transfers of care, incidences of sexual crime, employment rates for the over 50s and disabled people, key stage two and four results for children in need, and the percentage of children in the Flying Start programme reaching development milestones at the age of three.
It has been added to healthcare data such as hospital mortality and healthcare infection rates, nurses to patient ratios and the results of patient satisfaction surveys.
The design of the site has also been updated with a dedicated area on the home page for users to search for a particular hospital, GP practice, health board or local authority.
The refresh coincides with the publication of the first NHS Wales Annual Quality Statement by Dr Andrew Goodall, chief executive of NHS Wales.