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Using data

The need for local, timely and high-quality data and surveillance is a critical factor in helping the COVID-19 Health Protection Board to make informed decisions.

Boards across the south west will work to an agreed dataset which enables transparency and consistency for data analysis, interpretation and comparison purposes.

The Department of Health and Social Care National Testing Programme, NHS Digital and NHSX are developing an interactive data dashboard which will be available for local use.

This data dashboard, alongside the data produced by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, will provide local Health Protection Boards with national data and intelligence.

To complement the national data dashboard, local data and intelligence gathered from partners and through local incident management teams and outbreak control teams, will be vital to ensure an effective tactical response to local outbreaks.

Timely data and surveillance information will provide the COVID-19 Health Protection Board with the necessary information to help prevent and control the transmission of coronavirus.

Team Devon Local Outbreak Engagement Board will also have an important role in communicating data and intelligence with the public, primarily to strengthen the link between evidence and decision making and promote openness and transparency, as part of the Smarter Devon Smarter Decision-making work (also see working principle 6 on Working together).

The establishment of a local coronavirus data and intelligence group with clear agreement of local data flows, pathways and information sharing protocols is a main priority.