GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. You may be more familiar with it than you think, most of us encounter GIS everyday without realising it. GIS lets us visualise data with the use of maps. The value lies in the ability to use GIS to question, analyse, and intepret data to understand relationships, patterns and trends. There is growing interest and awareness of the economic and strategic value of GIS for everyone.
GIS helps to provide:
- Better decision making
- Improved communication
- Visualisation of information over a wide geographic area
- Cost savings from greater service efficiency
The SCW Geospatial Service Team is the largest geospatial service across any of England’s CSUs / NHSE regions and ICBs. We currently support 20 CCG/ICBs across the South of England and three regional NHSE teams: South West, South East and London. We also support NHSE Central around Covid/Flu vaccinations and immunisations programme, Dental and Pharmacy Commissioning and provide GIS services to a number of NHS Hospital Trusts.
SCW Geospatial Service use GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technologies to solve complex spatial problems. This supports ICBs to deliver better outcomes to their population at lower cost, including support for Primary Care management and development, workforce and estates reviews, population health management and health inequalities, service transformation projects, travel accessibility analysis, the Green Agenda and Carbon Net Zero. Our SCW teams also work in collaboration, combining geospatial with other modelling capabilities..
Solutions and products include online mapping deep dive solutions, light weight mapping dashboards, ‘Story Maps’ which provide an interactive visual narrative, and traditional maps for inclusion in reports, business cases and presentations. The Geospatial Service provides consultancy support in addition to building online solutions. The aim of all our solutions is to provide visual innovation, presenting very complex data in an easy to understand and insightful way, ultimately supporting decision makers through the delivery of actionable insight.
A principal benefit of the Service is that it is a dedicated NHS GIS team with a wealth of experience and depth, having been in operation for over 20 years. It has developed over time to a team of fifteen specialists, split across offices in Bristol (HQ) and Sussex. It is a team that understands the changing requirements of the NHS and the organisations within it, has the flexibility to adapt to these needs, and crucially important has built up a depth of expertise, experience and governance to have access to and fully utilise a comprehensive range of NHS datasets, across primary, secondary and mental health sectors (subject to the necessary IG clearance and DSAs between organisations). The service we offer therefore uses not only the most current web GIS technologies available, but this is combined with our access to the most up to date, wide-ranging and granular NHS datasets.