As the Knowledge for Healthcare Task & Finish Group on Streamlining Document Delivery identified, there are many challenges associated with simplifying, unifying and improving the efficiency of inter-lending and document supply systems and processes across NHS-funded LKS in England.
Progress is being made. The Inter-Network Collaboration (INC) scheme has been established to support reciprocal sharing across the six geography-based ILDS networks in the NHS: EDEN (East of England), KSS (Kent, Surrey & Sussex), LENDS Network (London & East), PANDDA (North), SWIMS Network (South), and WMIDS (West Midlands). The Strategic Inter-Network Collaboration (SINC) Group oversees the operation and strategic development of the INC scheme. The group has developed a national protocol for ILDS and is investigating options for further streamlining of ILDS sourcing and supply as part of the proposed national discovery system.