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New comparison site for NHS and care providers

A new comparison website tool has been published that allows health and social care organisations to see how their services compare with those of others.

MyNHS is a transparency web tool that compares on a range of outcomes at both national and regional level.

It has been developed by NHS England, together with the Department of Health, the Health and Social Care Information Service, the Care Quality Commission and Public Health England.

MyNHS gives commissioners, providers and professionals a central snapshot of published data, to drive improvements in the quality of care.

The information currently covers hospitals, providers of social care and public health, and supports the wider commitment on ensuring more transparent health and care services.

NHS Confederaton director of policy Dr Johnny Marshall commented: “Improving people’s access to the right information in a format they can make sense of – neither over-complicated, nor over-simplified – should enable them to make more informed decisions about accessing local health services.

“It is vital that the information made available tells the whole story in a way that genuinely increases people’s understanding and knowledge. This is how we will empower people to hold their local services to account. The engagement of both the NHS and public from the outset in developing this type of knowledge service will be essential in getting this right.

“At present it is not clear whether the data that will be underpinning MyNHS provides for such insight. Ultimately it will be on that basis that its success will be measured.”

The data is now available on NHS Choices website and will be developed further in the coming months to include more areas and reflect feedback from users.

Marshall added: “What is just as important as having accurate and timely data is understanding it. By itself, data can sometimes be meaningless and confusing. So it is vital that not only do we present the right information but that we support patients to turn that in to an increased understanding with which they can make informed choices. Only then is knowledge really power.”

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