Regional health and care collaborative communities in England have until the end of tomorrow to submit their bids for LHCRE status.

Five regional committees will be selected by NHS England to become Local Health and Care Record Exemplars (LHCRE), which will join up regional health and care records.

NHS England sent out invites for healthcare organisations to bid for LHCRE approval in March, with successful applicants having the chance to receive up to £7.5m national investment.

The deadline for bids is Thursday 26 April, with NHS England expected to make an announcement on winners by mid-May.

Each regional LHCRE will build on local solutions already in place to create a more joined-up and regional health and care capability.

Initially focusing on direct patient care, the programme will eventually task itself with integrating health and care, improving care co-ordination and patient engagement and establish a foundation population health management.

Of the five LHCRE sites, three will be granted additional funding to develop into Digital Innovation Hubs for driving research and innovation.

Speaking to Digital Health News in February, Richard Corbridge, CIO of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said there was significant interest in becoming an integrated care exemplar in Yorkshire and Humber.

“The need to share has been highlighted throughout the bid and a way of working has been instilled that removes the ‘not invented here’ ethos that has blighted attempts previously to join up our systems,” he told the publication.

“To me, the LHCRE response feels like something of a new dawn in how we as digital leaders of the NHS can work together.”

Digital Health News understands other regional initiatives that have been asked to bid from the North include Leeds and the North East, Liverpool and the North West and Manchester.