Health professionals at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) will be taking a leading role within South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw by connecting to the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record.

The Yorkshire and Humber Care Record (YHCR) is a secure computer system that safely brings together certain important information about patients who have used services provided by their GP, at a local hospital, community healthcare, social services or mental health teams. In turn, having access to this information improves the provision of care delivered to patients.

DBTH, which operates Bassetlaw Hospital, Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Montagu Hospital, was selected by South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (SYBICS) to manage a pilot project to securely share certain pieces of information amongst relevant health and social care providers. Working collaboratively, the team have worked hard to ensure that the system is useful, as well as investigating as to whether it could be scaled up to work across other providers within the area.

The types of data being shared include: Safety alerts, allergies, clinical appointments, care plans, co-morbidities, demographics, diagnoses, discharge summaries, encounters (historic), medications, referrals, vaccination status and transfer of care.

As a result of this project, colleagues have delivered the following:

  • The creation of ‘shared care records’ across primary, secondary and acute care, enabling clinical and care staff outside to access real-time health and care information across a range of providers and between different IT systems, securely and safely.
  • Greater understanding of people’s current health needs within communities, and how they are likely to change in the future.
  • Providing a foundation to allow people to access and input information into their health and care record.

Ken Anderson, Chief Information Officer at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH), said: “The Trust has been engaged and invested in the ambitions of the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record from the beginning of its journey. At present, the NHS relies far too heavily on paper records and information, which limits our ability to share relevant data with partner organisations and providers. Working on systems such as the Care Record is one such innovation which will help us catch up with current technology, and further innovative in the years to come.”

Helen Tate, Project Manager at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals added: “It’s been a fascinating project to manage, with many complex aspects that we’ve had to keep on track and within the objectives of the agreed proposal.  The team within our Trust have worked hard and remained focussed in unusual times, we are all looking forward to seeing the benefits we’ve created to help clinical and care staff deliver even better care.”

By law, everyone working in, or on behalf of, the NHS and social care must follow strict information governance rules designed to respect your privacy and keep all information about you safe. Information is held on secure, encrypted systems which keeps a record of everyone who has accessed a record, the time and date when they accessed it and the information they were viewing. Data will only be stored in the UK.

Lee Rickles, Programme Director at Yorkshire & Humber Care Record, said :“This is a massive step forward in meeting the region’s vision of connecting care to improve people’s lives and achieving the national goal of every local area having a basic shared care record in place by September 2021.  We’ve worked closely with the team at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and others to help support this project and ensure learnings can be shared.”