As we have found over the course of the IISaM project to date, getting information sharing right is vital for delivering better services whilst saving money. Government recognises this, and so we are delighted to confirm that the Spending Round today announced plans to explore developing IISaM into a centre of excellence for information sharing. By working with local partners, the centre will build on the work of IISaM so far, and it will continue to improve and promote information sharing across the public sector.
Government also announced today that they want to reduce the complexity in sharing data between councils, the NHS, the criminal justice system, Jobcentre Plus and other public services. To do this, they will be exploring legislative options, which will help make it easier to design services that are truly people-centred.
IISaM (and any successor) continues to be hosted by Leicestershire County Council, and it is a really good example of local and central government working together. It is also great to see that there is an increasing recognition of the need to address cultural issues around information sharing – it isn’t just a technological or legal issue.
IISaM will continue to be supported by Government, the ICO and local agencies, and it is supporting the new multi-agency Public Service Transformation Network that has been established by Government to drive the transformation of local public services. IISaM, working with the Network and other key partners, will support local areas to improve their information sharing.
Please watch this space for more information on how we will be supporting local areas. In particular, look out for new case studies on the website and news about events to share good practice.