Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●● WITH Dr Paul Bowen, GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton, and ex­ec­u­tive chair of NHS East­ern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) I WAS re­cently lucky enough to be in­vited to ex­pe­ri­ence the work be­ing done to in­te­grate care in Cat­alo­nia, Spain.

One of the things that struck me was that care pro­fes­sion­als across pri­mary care, sec­ondary care, so­cial care and men­tal health can see the records of pa­tients deemed to be ‘high-risk’.

For me, the Cat­alo­nian model is the holy grail of care records and, while we’re mak­ing progress to­wards such ini­tia­tives in the NHS, we still have a way to go.

Be that as it may, things are im­prov­ing here in East­ern Cheshire.

GPs, dis­trict nurses and other com­mu­nity care pro­fes­sion­als can now ac­cess each other’s care records, which dras­ti­cally speeds up the care process, as well as im­prov­ing pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence.

More­over, the Cheshire Care Record, which is a project in­volv­ing all GP, hospi­tal, com­mu­nity, men­tal health and so­cial care ser­vices pro­vided in the county, is a huge step in the right di­rec­tion.

The ser­vice is due to go live in 2016, and will stream­line sum­mary health and so­cial care in­for­ma­tion into one dig­i­tal record – so you don’t have to keep re­peat­ing your med­i­cal or so­cial care his­tory.

Your shared record will in­clude in­for­ma­tion such as test re­sults, med­i­ca­tions, al­ler­gies and so­cial or men­tal health in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to your care.

All in­for­ma­tion will be held se­curely and will not be shared with any other or­gan­i­sa­tions, so pa­tients

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