Children and young people's health outcome forum: information sharing

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Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 March 2015
Health Services, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This paper has been published by the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum. The Forum was established by Department of Health Ministers in January 2012 as an independent expert advisory group of professionals and representatives from across the children’s sector. The Forum provides expertise, constructive challenge and evidence based advice to improve children and young people’s health outcomes and healthcare and to drive up standards of care.

A central recommendation from the Forum’s first report was the use of the NHS Number to bring together health, education and social care information for individual children and young people. Whilst progress has been made towards this goal the Forum is publishing this paper to illustrate the benefits of using the NHS Number as the primary identifier to share information between health, education and social care and to encourage relevant organisations to adapt their data systems to include recording the NHS Number of individuals.