14th May 2021
Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin STP became an Integrated Care System (ICS) last month, as part of NHS England’s recent announcement of 13 new ICSs nationally. The shared care record is a key tool in the ICS’s roadmap to provide a joined-up approach to planning and providing local health and care services across the county.
Graphnet Health has been awarded the contract to join up care for individuals in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin with a new shared care record and population health analytics platform.
Health and care professionals in neighbouring Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are already using the Graphnet solution to power the region’s shared care record – known locally as One Health and Care. This shared care record will be extended to include the organisations and populations of the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ICS. One Health and Care will support 1.6 million residents when the extension is complete.
Currently, local health and care services hold separate pieces of information about individuals which isn’t easily accessible between different organisations. With appropriate permissions this information will be available 24/7 for those involved in an individual’s health and care.
Health and care professionals will have secure access to a comprehensive and up-to-date record for the individuals in their care, improving decision making and reducing duplication. It will prevent individuals being asked for information repeatedly and ensure that their care preferences are shared and understood by all those caring for them.
Andrew Roberts, clinical lead for the shared care record explained how the new system will help the region to offer improved services:
I’m excited to be underway with this important programme so we can better support our clinical and care professionals to offer responsive and joined up health and care across the county.
Brian Waters, CEO, Graphnet, commented:
We are very pleased to be partnering with Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin with its ICS development plan. Our shared care record solutions are aligned with the central aim of integrated care systems to deliver better coordinated services and improved population health.
We are excited to be supporting the region to break down barriers between organisations and to help improve care for local residents.