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New health and social care information guide for journalists launched

23 January 2015: A new information guide that helps journalists easily identify the appropriate organisations to contact with health and social care queries has been launched today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

Health and social care information sources - a guide for journalists, England, 2015, is a resource for journalists, press teams and others with an interest in health and social care information. It is intended to signpost sources of some of the main areas of health and social care information in England.

The HSCIC produces over 220 national statistical publications per year, covering topics in health, technology and social care. These anonymised, aggregated figures provide a wealth of data and insight to the NHS and wider health and social care sectors, helping to plan services, identify trends and research into particular illnesses and conditions.

Media coverage is important in ensuring that findings and statistics are shared with the public openly and transparently and are explained effectively. However, as the HSCIC is not the only organisation to produce data about the NHS, this guide aims to support journalists to find reliable and accurate statistics about health and social care, wherever they originate.

Andy Williams, Chief Executive of the HSCIC, said: "There are a vast number of organisations in health and social care and our guide clearly signposts users to a host of reliable data sources for everything from NHS funding to data about waiting lists. We hope the guide will be a helpful tool for journalists as they work to shed light on latest trends and new developments in health and social care."

An interactive online version is available at http://www.hscic.gov.uk/journalistinfo

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Notes to editors

  1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
  2. For media enquiries please contact media@hscic.gov.uk or 0300 30 33 888.
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