John McGeagh, CLAHRC West’s Data Systems Manager, presented to the Avon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire Public Health England conference, attended by more than 50 public health analysts, GPs, registrars and other clinicians on 11 November.
His presentation explored the linked data projects already happening in the South West, including Connecting Care in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, Joining up Your Care in Cheltenham and Gloucester, and Local Shared Care Record in Devon.
He described the Reach West project being developed by CLAHRC West, a register of patients willing to take part in research. matching interested people to high quality research projects. Reach West links NHS medical and other related records, allowing those signed up to be informed of relevant research projects, while allowing anonymised data for research.