Our vision is to create an exciting membership organisation, working to enable transformation, deliver operational sustainability and drive efficiencies through economies of scale and synergies. The WYAAT informatics service will have the ability to deliver services across the WYAAT Trusts.

This vision is expected to deliver operational productivity and performance benefits, support new models of care, provide financial benefits and respond to workforce challenges. A number of areas have been identified as priorities to progress in the absence of a shared service agreement.

The case for change identified eight areas with opportunities for collaboration and proposed developing a business case for an alternative service delivery model for IT support services.

A review of the programme was presented to the committee in common in February 2018 and proposed a revised approach focussed on some specific areas for collaboration:

  • Common email solution. All trusts needed to review their email systems to ensure they are GDPR compliant. A common email solution would help collaboration between staff from different trusts (eg shared address books, calendars) and offer efficiencies and improved resilience in the support team.
  • Cyber security. The Chief Information Officers (CIO) from the hospitals reviewed the opportunity to move to a common cyber security platform but the costs and risks of migration significantly outweighed the benefits. Instead, the intention is to share best practice and skills to ensure staff are all trained to the same standard and can provide cross cover.

In addition to the WYAAT programme, the trusts are  working across the West Yorkshire & Humber, Humber Coast and Vale, and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw systems to become a Local Health Care Record Exemplar.

This will provide the technology to share health and social care data across all these organisations, which will enable more efficient delivery of patient care. It will provide a patient held record, with visibility of key data, to enable patients to keep themselves well. Finally it will deliver the technology to deal with population health data analysis to understand the population and future need for services.

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