GPs, commissioners and data analysts from across Surrey Heartlands came together for an event to examine how data can be used to inform the development of Primary Care Networks – new care models for local neighbourhoods of between 30,000-50,000 residents.

This was the second in a series of three ‘Hackathons’ and saw analysts integrate layers of data from across the health and care system to create displays of information known as data visualisations. These can then be used to inform service improvement and see how specific groups of citizens can be identified for health and care interventions.

The analysts were tasked with examining issues such as the differing health needs of the population based on demographics, emergency admissions from care homes, mental health needs and the profile and health issues of carers. 

Analysts presented an overview to decision makers, showing how the visualisations were created and they then all discussed the data around tables.

“Working together in this way helps us build strong analytical networks across partner organisations and will enable us to improve population health through system-wide analysis,” said Julia Jones, Deputy Director for Performance, Information and PMO for the Surrey Heartlands CCGs. “It was great to see the analysts and decision makers working together, and the work generated some really valuable discussions.”

Julie George, Public Health Consultant at Surrey County Council, who organised the event along with Julia Jones, added: “These data visualisations generate insights to improve population health and make these more accessible to decision makers.” 

Surrey Heartlands secured a grant from The Health Foundation‘s Advancing Applied Analytics programme to fund the Hackathons. Data visualisations produced on the day will be published at The third in the series will take place in early 2019 and will examine Children’s Services.