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Cheshire Care Record will improve health and social care for all, say CCGs

Cheshire Care Record will improve health and social care for all, say CCGs
26 November 2019

NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are today highlighting the benefits of the Cheshire Care Record to their patients by highlighting why everyone in Cheshire should have one.

The Cheshire Care Record (CCR) is a partnership between GPs, hospitals, North West Ambulance Service, specialist cancer services and social care services for Cheshire’s patients.  All partners are dedicated to using this shared care record and its technology as it not only helps them to work better together but also helps provide an even better service for patients.

This winter a care record will be automatically created for every patient in the county in a move to further improve patient care and enable joined-up working across health and social care organisations.

Cheshire patients were some of the first in the country to benefit from the introduction of a new digital care record in 2016, with patients being asked to "opt in" to have a record created. Now, in a move to support more people to get better, more efficient care, patients won’t be asked to do anything. Instead, a record will be automatically created on their behalf.

However, if for any reason patients do not want their health and care information shared between agencies they must opt out via their GP or social worker.

The CCR provides the following important benefits:

  • Better health care - by improving all aspects of patient care, including safety, effectiveness, putting the patient at the very centre of the picture, better communication, timeliness, efficiency and equity.
  • Improved efficiencies and lower health care costs by promoting preventative medicine and improved coordination of health care services, as well as by reducing waste and unnecessary or repeated tests.
  • Better clinical decision making by securely integrating patient information from multiple sources.

Dr Teresa Strefford is executive clinical director for the NHS Cheshire CCGs. She said: “The detail that health and social care professionals can now access via the Cheshire Care Record is very powerful. It enables them, very quickly, to get a very thorough picture of the patient, without having to contact other partners for test results, medication histories, allergies, previous operations and treatment plans.

“Most importantly, the CCR is a vital tool when caring for patients who are not able to quickly and accurately recall information themselves.

“Only professionals directly involved in the patient’s health care are authorised to access this record and the information held is secure and never shared wider than our health and social care partners.

“All four CCGs in Cheshire are encouraging patients to support this move and to only opt out if they have a specific reason.”

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