Care homes in Sutton and Merton, South London, can now transfer care records to hospitals electronically thanks to new funding from NHS Digital.
Following collaboration earlier in the year that pioneered digitising the transfer of records from two care homes to St Helier Hospital, a grant has been awarded to Sutton Council and Person Centred Software to extend the project.
This forms part of the Paperless 2020 project, led by James Palmer, NHS Digital’s Social Care Programme head, which aims to link NHS, local authorities and social care to digitally streamline records and improve social care outcomes.
The project allows all homes in Sutton and Merton that have successfully passed the Data Security and Protection (DSP) Toolkit and are using Person Centred Software’s Mobile Care Monitoring system to transfer records to their local NHS Trust hospital
It uses Sutton Council’s standard of the ‘red bag’ to create a digital version, referred to as an ‘e-red bag’.
Simon Papworth, co-founder and director of Person Centred Software said: “We are delighted to be part of the Sutton team which received Pathfinder funding from NHS Digital to continue to push forward the digital integration of health and social care through our e-red bag technology and collaboration with Sutton Council.
“Our aim is to enable free flowing information about people’s care needs in emergency admissions and we are speaking to other NHS Trusts to continue developing this project.”
Arthur Tanare, manager at Belmont House, part of Caring Homes Group said: “Person Centred Software’s digitalisation of the red bag scheme improves the lives of residents and staff at Belmont House.
With the electronic transfer of information, the hospital has all the personal information they need to care for the resident in front of them, not just the emergency clinical information, so doctors and nurses no longer need to call us to find out more information.
This saves a lot of time and means that residents receive smooth transfers to hospital and holistic, person-centred care at every stage of hospitalisation.”
Person Centred Software’s Mobile Care Monitoring system is used by over 1,300 care homes across the UK, and is speaking to other NHS Trusts to display the e-red bag within the hospital electronic patient record systems as well as approaching other electronic care system providers to apply the e-red bag technology to their software.
This will mean that care homes using other electronic care planning systems can transfer resident records to hospital digitally too.