A revolutionary new way of providing health and care is on the way in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Your Care Connected is a new electronic system which will link NHS and local government organisations more closely than ever before in order to provide the best possible care.
The new digital shared care record means patients will no longer have to repeat information to different health and care professionals and avoid having to undergo unnecessary duplication of tests – leading to fewer delays in receiving the right care.
Your Care Connected will also empower people to have greater control of their care by enabling them to view their patient record online, while health and care professionals will, for the first time, be able to access an individual’s record wherever they are based.
There will be a phased approach to the new system, with the first phase due to launch later this year. Shared health and care information will include such things as test results, medications, allergies, referrals and diagnoses, as well as any relevant social or mental health information.
Information will be held securely and will only be shared with local health and care professionals involved in an individual’s care, such as a GP, district nurse, social worker or doctor. Anyone who does not wish to have their information shared in this way will have the option to opt out.
Your Care Connected is being spearheaded by Together We’re Better, the partnership of NHS and local government organisations that is working to transform health and care services in the area.
Simon Whitehouse, Together We’re Better Director, said: “Your Care Connected is a massive leap forward that promises to revolutionise the way health and care is provided in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
“A fully integrated electronic care record that will fully connect health and care locally is hugely exciting and is at the heart of our transformation ambitions.”
Caroline Donovan, Lead for Together We’re Better’s Digital Programme, said: “A massive amount of work has taken place to get us this far and I’m really excited we are now moving towards awarding a contract to an external supplier with the capability and capacity to work with us to link our existing electronic patient record systems together so we can deliver real benefits for both patients and staff.
“We’re always keen to apply learning from other parts of the country that have introduced similar systems though, and are holding a Together We’re Better Digital Conference on July 13th to listen to a number of highly experienced speakers from across the county and utilise that learning as we move forwards.”
Dr Paddy Hannigan, Clinical Lead for the Digital Programme said: “At the moment, we have electronic patient records in place across the various NHS and local government organisations in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent that don’t talk to each other. This can be frustrating for the patient or service user who may have to explain their condition several times, as well as for the health and care professional who is forced to wait to receive someone’s records from another organisation before being able to proceed.
“By enabling a local GP, nurse, doctor or social worker to view the same patient record, it means they are in a far better position to be able to support or treat that person. Among the advantages Your Care Connected provides is the avoidance of unnecessary episodes of hospital care or a reduction in lengths of hospital stay.”