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The Bolton care community goes live with an integrated care record

31st January 2018

The care community across Bolton has successfully gone live with the first phase in a new shared record linking health, social care and community services.

The Bolton Care Record has been commissioned to support the transformation of services across the local health economy. The aim is to provide health professionals with access to the information they need to deliver safe and efficient ‘seamless’ care, as well as empowering patients to control elements of their care.

It is also a local response to the broader strategic vision for Greater Manchester, with its commitment to integration and collaborative working.

Graphnet’s CareCentric shared record software will enable Bolton health and social care practitioners to view information from the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Bolton Council, Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust, the Christie NHS Foundation Trust, and 49 GP practices.
The initial go-live includes the creation of a Bolton-wide master patient index, combined with primary care data for over half the population and with acute information from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. Social care data is already in test and mental health, community and the 111 service will follow later in the year. 

The Bolton Care Record will also include integrated end of life care planning, so the needs of people nearing the end of their life can be understood, recorded and respected. An end of life pilot is starting shortly.  

Dr Simon Irving, Consultant in Acute Medicine and one of the trust’s team of Chief Clinical Information Officers, said:

“The Bolton Care Record gives the clinicians access to a level of information that we’ve never previously had. This is especially important in the out of hours scenario, for example, where the richness of information can influence clinical decision making. This can be vital if a patient is incapacitated through ill health or injury, or has cognitive problems.”

The project is part of a wider programme of work underway locally to increase integrated working and combined assessments across teams, to reduce emergency and unplanned admissions, to cut down on unnecessary tests, and to improve discharge planning.  For patients, the care community is looking for safer and more timely care, with improved outcomes and a generally better experience overall. 

The Bolton Care Record has been delivered by Care4Bolton, an integrated team which brings together professionals and clinicians from NHS Bolton CCG, Bolton Council, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.  

Care4Bolton has run an extensive engagement and awareness campaign across the care community and the public.

Beverley Bryant, chief operating officer of the System C & Graphnet Care Alliance, said:

“Helping care professionals help patients is what shared records are all about.  It is great to see such immediate results and feedback at such an early stage, and we look forward to working with everyone on the next phase in the Bolton Care Record.”

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