ISD CHD & Stroke Programme
Following on from the CHD conference in December 2004, MCN analysts at ISD have been arranging visits to each Health Board area. These initial meetings are to inform staff of current ISD data developments and the progress of the ACS and SCI Bronze projects and to exchange information about data already being collected within MCNs. Analytical support will also be available to provide SMR data at a local level to meet MCN information requirements with analysts providing the link between ISD and the MCNs.
Lothian MCN websites will be available shortly.
Lanarkshire MCN websites will be available shortly.
ISD have produced data on incidence mortality and hospital treatments - available on the Scottish Health Statistics website.
Managed Clinical Networks (MCNs) are expected to make good use of the web in disseminating information to healthcare professionals, patients, carers and the public. Web technologies also have an important role to play in connecting MCN members, enabling them to communicate and collaborate across distances. The CHD and Stroke MCNs on the Web Project, supported by the BigLottery Fund, aims to provide all CHD and Stroke MCNs across Scotland with a sustainable web capability, reducing duplication of effort and inconsistencies across networks by coordinating activities and producing guidelines and tools that can be readily configured to meet local requirements.
A 'skeleton' website has been developed, with several MCNs in the process of populating a local variant with content. More generic material is being acquired / authored centrally for reuse across MCNs. A supplier has been identified for the Workspace and Exchange Forum components of the Project, which will enable interaction within and across MCNs. The Project has also identified a number of existing local web applications suitable for roll-out across MCNs and links have been established with SIGN with a view to supporting the consultation and publication of the revised CHD guidelines. Four patient story pilots have been identified and the Project is collaborating with the Have a Heart Paisley team in the piloting of a portal for patients referred to the Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic.