In Spring 2021, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust went live with GP Connect enhancing the information clinical and care staff can access about people in their care using connectivity developed by Yorkshire & Humber Care Record.
GP Connect allows clinical and care staff at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust to view patient GP records in support of direct care. The benefits include safer and more effective care because relevant information is available to clinical and care staff in a timely manner.
Benefits reported by clinical and care staff include:
Specialist Physiotherapist, Community Mental Health Services at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust said, “I use GP connect and find it very helpful and easy to negotiate with up to date information on current medical details, I can access more patient information than I can on the Summary Care Record which helps me have a better insight to the patient and in turn deliver better patient care, if I am aware of the patient problems and unclear of something I can research it before the patient appointment. I have found it very useful when placing a request with the GP as I am able to go onto GP Connect and see the correspondence and results of any request I may of requested.”
Trainee Approved Clinician / Charge Nurse at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust said, “With regard to GP Connect and its application within the inpatient setting, the use has been invaluable it provides a greater degree of information relating to the care in the community which preceded admission, including test results of relevance. This informs the care we are able to provide and prevent repetition of some examinations and tests to support the patient in their journey to recovery.
The information is accessible and documented in a manner which is easy to navigate reducing time for clinicians trying to search for information, having to contact the GP for information which is readily available and further supports the patients treatment, and consideration of treatment options.”
The information provided includes:
- Allergies and Reactions
- Clinical Administration and Clinical Reports
- Encounter Reports
- Medical Record and Medication
- Referral Details
- Problems and Observations
Access to GP Connect is via the Trust’s clinical portal, Upstream Health, which brings information together from the core clinical IT systems used by Humber; SystmOne, Lorenzo and Patient Case Management Information System (PCMIS).
Yorkshire & Humber Care Record (YHCR) is a programme which supports the region’s vision to connect care to improve people’s lives. It does this by joining up health and care records to provide the right information, to the right person, at the right time to improve the health and wellbeing of people across the region, safely and securely.
Yorkshire & Humber Care Record
Yorkshire & Humber Care Record was one of five exemplars within NHS England’s Local Health and Care Record programme with an ambition for organisations to share data across the health and care system to help people get the right care at the right time in the right place, with safety and effectiveness. In April 2020, it successfully matured into a programme that is funded and supported by the three Integrated Care Systems – Humber, Coast & Vale; South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw; and West Yorkshire & Harrogate health partnerships that support the region.
Yorkshire & Humber Care Record is connected to the GP Connect Access Record: HTML product. For further information on the GP Connect please visit the website at GP Connect Access Record: HTML product https://digital.nhs.uk/services/gp-connect
For further information on Upstream Health, Humber’s portal – please visit the website https://www.upstream.health/
Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
Provides community and therapy services, primary care, community and inpatient mental health services, learning disability services, healthy lifestyle support and addictions services. https://www.humber.nhs.uk/
How will the data be kept safe?
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. The laws on data protection are clear and we take them very seriously. All organisations that work with personal data abide by strict rules and law set out by the Data Protection Act 2018. The data collected and used remains in the hands of the NHS. It will be stored in the UK, under strict data sharing agreements.