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Statement from Lee Rickles

As we’ve reached the second half of the financial year and our new arrangement with our three Integrated Care System (ICS) partners, it is timely to discuss our progress.

At the end of March 2020, Yorkshire & Humber Care Record (YHCR) said goodbye to the funding and milestone agreement with NHS England/X and moved to a local arrangement with Humber, Coast and Vale Health Partnership, South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System and West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.  This has been a fantastic opportunity to ensure we meet our region’s vision of connecting care to improve people’s lives as we become more attentive to local need.

The YHCR team is now working closer with the digital teams within the ICSs to ensure our priorities meet their regional requirements.  This has involved the digital teams assessing the maturity, resources and use cases with their partner NHS and local authority organisations and they are working hard to develop a roadmap.  The YHCR team will then support each organisation to “on-board” or in other words plug into the technology we’ve created to share relevant health and care information across the region. The team is also on hand to support and develop the technology, ensuring it is safe and secure at all times.

It’s been a very busy first of the year with lots of successes, some frustrations and learnings.  We have implemented the nationally recommended NHS Digital Secure Boundary which strengthens cyber resilience across health and care.  It a powerful cyber security tool that gives organisations the chance to control what passes in and out of their digital estate. We benefit from secure filtering for web content, next generation firewalls, secure DNS services and data loss prevention. It also supports HSCN and Internet First, by helping to modernise security for organisations’ access to the internet.


What’s to come

We’re planning a number of webinars over the next few months.  We kicked off in October with a focus on Population Health Management.  Please keep an eye of our website for future events –

We are currently working with Health Education England and the Yorkshire & Humber Informatics Skill Network to provide the second cohort for the Yorkshire & Humber Academy.  More details to following in the coming weeks on this item.

There a number of organisations in the pipeline to go live on System of Systems technology and will be providing information that comply with open standards.


Lee Rickles
Programme Director for Yorkshire and Humber Care Record and Chief Information Officer for Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust