17th June 2014

Public Health England and NHS England launch the first Neurology Intelligence Network

The Neurology Intelligence Network was launched today by Rt Hon Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care Services.

Sponsored by Public Health England, in partnership with NHS England, and supported by the Department of Health, the Neurology Intelligence Network is one of only five Health Intelligence Networks being developed during 2014-15:

Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, said: “Time and again we’ve seen that better information leads to better care. These Networks will be hugely important to help providers use data and intelligence in ways that will help improve services. It will also be an invaluable assistance to commissioners.”

Arlene Wilkie, CE, Neurological Alliance said: “For the first time neurology is a focus for NHS England and Public Health England. They have sponsored this initiative and they will make it a success. For too long neurology has been forgotten. I believe this Neurology Intelligence Network is the most significant step to improving services and outcomes for people with neurological conditions.”

What will the Network achieve?

The Network will:

  • Promote efficient and effective data collection throughout the neurology journey
  • Provide a common national repository for neurology datasets
  • Produce expert analyses, to monitor patterns of neurology care
  • Enable use of neurology information to support audit and research programmes
  • Use information to drive improvements in neurology care and clinical outcomes

What has been launched?

The Neurology Intelligence Network website has been launched and provides information on emergency admissions to hospital for 12 neurological conditions across all the Clinical Commissioning Groups in England. The conditions are: epilepsy, headache and migraine, motor neurone disease and spinal muscular atrophy, multiple sclerosis and inflammatory disease, peripheral nerve disorders, tumours of the nervous system, neuromuscular disorders, central nervous system infections, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, dystonia and tremor.

The Network has also provides the following information for epilepsy:

  • Recorded prevalence
  • Primary care drug management
  • Secondary care overview – proportion of population admitted to hospital with a primary epilepsy diagnosis; proportion of admissions for epilepsy managed by a consultant neurologist; use of bed days following admissions for epilepsy
  • Outcomes – epilepsy seizure-free 12 month period; epilepsy emergency admissions

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