People living in Bury are to benefit from new technology that allows their health and social care records to be shared securely with professionals involved in their care.

Previously, only a person’s GP records could be viewed by authorised health or social care professionals securely to help with their care.

A new digital care record solution called ‘Graphnet CareCentric’ enables local care providers to have immediate access to all relevant information about a person’s health and wellbeing providing the fullest picture of the individual’s needs when they need it.

Sharing information in this way makes care safer as health and social care professionals will have all of the necessary information to hand such as details of allergies and current medications, which will reduce the chance of errors being made.

Confidentiality is paramount and staff will only be able to access the information they need depending on their role.

Dr. John Hampson, local GP and GP IT lead for NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“New technology has allowed us to securely connect together different health and social care electronic records.  This will enable staff in different organisations access to the right information at the right time and in the right place to make timely and better informed decisions.

“Having a fuller picture of an individual’s health and care will lead to improved clinical effectiveness and safety, and for the individual, their care will be more co-ordinated.”

The roll out of this new technology in Bury forms a second stage of the sharing programme known locally as ‘Share for You’. The health and social care organisations involved in the sharing arrangement includes Bury GP practices, Bury Council adult care services, the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group which oversees Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust including Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and BARDOC out of hours GP service.

At a later stage of the rollout of the programme, the aim is for records held by children’s services to be shared between agencies, there is also the intention for local hospices and nursing homes to be able to share and view records in the future to help with a person’s care planning and delivery.

Individuals have the right to opt-out of having their information shared with other health and social care professionals, unless there is a lawful basis to do so, for example, if a patient is unconscious.  Any individual wishing to opt-out should contact their GP practice.

Find out more about Share for You and watch our short animation that describes the benefits, here: www.BuryShareforyou.nhs.uk

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Date: 15th March 2019