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SCW is delivering a ground-breaking project which will allow care homes to share digital records with hospitals, GPs and other health services.

The project which will allow care homes to share digital records with hospitals, GPs and other health services is being introduced across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

A grant of £300,000 from NHS Digital has been secured to fund the rollout to care homes of the digital care record system, Connecting Care. This brings them in line with more than 24 other health and care organisations in the area that already use the system.

Connecting Care is one of the most advanced digital care records in the country and is used for sharing information, providing health and care professionals with instant, secure access to up-to-date health and social care records.

Access to the system means individuals with complex care needs, such as care home residents, will have their health and social care information in once place, including GP appointments, hospital admissions and medication. The update will make Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire one of the first areas in the country to share data with care homes in this way.

The bid for funding was made by South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), supported by South Central and West Commissioning Support Unit.

The project has begun at the Orders of St John Care Trust, at the Grace Care Centre in South Gloucestershire and will be made available to up to 50 care homes in the coming months.

Cllr Mike Bell, deputy leader of North Somerset Council and Executive Member with responsibility for adult social care, said: 'We are delighted that this collaboration has been successful and that care homes in North Somerset will benefit from improved access to information to support clients with safer and more timely discharges from hospital as well as supporting the hospitals with more informed admissions from the care sector.'

North Bristol NHS Trust integrated discharge service lead, Helen Mee, said: 'The ability to instantly access a care record with more information about our patient will allow us to make significant improvements to our setting of goals. It will help with our work to establishing where individual patients need to go when they leave hospital and how they want to be cared for when they’re with us. It will help us to provide the person-centred care we strive to achieve.'

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