North London Partners in health and care

Why joining up information is important

This animation was developed in partnership with charities, patients and clinicians by 'Understanding Patient Data' to explain how a joined up record can support fast effective care.


Animation provided with thanks to Understanding Patient Data under a cc-by licence, for re-use. 

What are the benefits of a joined-up record?

Being able to see your health and social care records at any time, in different places, means health and care professionals can make quicker and safer decisions about your care and the care of groups of residents like you.

As a user of local health and care services there are lots of advantages to having a joined-up record:

  • Everyone involved in your care will have the whole picture
  • When you visit somewhere different for care or meet a new care professional, they will have access to important health and care information
  • The results of common tests (for example blood tests) will be available to everyone involved in your care, regardless of where the test took place, reducing the need to repeat them
  • Professionals responsible for your care will be able to look at your health and care record to plan and improve your care
  • Professionals from different organisations will be able to look at anonymised health and care records and ensure that you, and others like you, are getting the best care from the whole team 

For health and social care professionals:

  • A complete, up-to-date record of an individual’s health and social care information helps them to make more informed decisions
  • They will have to spend less time finding out relevant information from different health and social care organisations and IT systems, and won’t have to spend time recording duplicate information across records
  • They will be able to use information to plan and improve care for their residents
  • Health and care professionals can work as a team to identify opportunities for improvement. They can do this using anonyomised information, with residents’ personal details removed