North London Partners in health and care

We're joining up health and care information across our boroughs


Information for residents in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington

Better information will improve the local services health and care services you receive 

 

What does this mean for you?

Being able to see your health and social care records at any time and in different places means health and care professionals can make quicker and safer decisions about your care.   We are joining up health and care records across Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. 

An overview of the benefits, and how the joined-up record works can be found on this page.  In addition, you'll find further information on this website:

Joining up health and care records improves care for everyone.   Watch a short film about how it works, and the benefits for patients

The information on this page is also available in a printed leaflet which available at your GP practice when they become part of the joined up record.  This can also be downloaded.

What information is available in the joined up record?

Most of your current health and care information, such as medication and allergies, the summary of your care from past hospital stays and future appointments will be included. This will be your recent history as health and care services have not always recorded this information on electronic systems.

Over time, it will also include information from other organisations that provide NHS and local authority social care services. This includes mental health records and those created by social workers. However, not every element of your information is part of the joint record.  The health records of all adults and children will be joined up as well as adult social care information.  We do not currently plan to include children’s social care records.

Examples of the sensitive information that will be left out, includes sexual health, fertility treatment records, domestic violence and criminal records.  A full list is available to download.

The information in the joined-up record will be used in different ways:

  • It will be used by health and care workers when you visit them, or they visit you
  • It will also be used by care teams to understand people’s health and care needs
  • It will be used to ensure that we provide a high-quality of care to residents across our boroughs who suffer from long-term health conditions 

You can see a short film about how this might work on our website.

Who will be able to see information on my joined up record?

Only those who need to see your information to support your health and social care will have access to personal information.

This includes GPs, social workers, hospital clinicians, community health practitioners, mental health staff and other authorised members of the care team. Each person will only be able to view information relevant to their job. So, a social care worker may see different parts of your record to an occupational therapist.    

The organisations involved in this programme can be found on our website and this will increase over time.

Residents will not be able to view their own information as a result of this programme, however if you would like to see your health and care records, you can request this directly from your health and care organisations.

You have a choice

If you are happy for your information to be part of this joined up health and care record, then you don’t need to do anything.  However, if you don’t want to be included, you need to take action.

If you opt-out, your information will not be shared via the electronic joined-up record however it will continue to be shared by care organisations as it is now, by phone, email and on paper

Before opting out, please ensure that you have read this leaflet carefully and do so understanding what it means for you.  If you choose to opt-out, you will not be able to take advantage of the benefits that the electronic joined-up record can bring you. The care professionals looking after you won’t have your full history and most recent information available to them ‘in real time’ when they assess you, and decisions about your care may take longer, even in emergency situations. 

If you do not want your information to be shared, you can tell us this by completing our online form or downloading our paper form and returning it to us in the post.

If you previously opted-out of CareMyWay in Islington or CIDR in Camden, this opt-out will be carried across to this joined up record so you do not need to opt out again.  You can opt back in to this shared record at any time in the future. 

If you would like to speak to someone about your choice, you can contact us.  We ask you to think carefully before making this decision as sharing your health and social care information will make it easier for services to provide the best treatment and care for you.

Is my information safe? 

All care professionals with access to health and care information work under strict codes of conduct meaning they must respect privacy and keep all information safe.  Failure to do so is a serious offence.

Information about you is protected under the Data Protection Act 2018/General Data Protection Regulations 2016. 

This requires that care professionals:

  • Can only see information they require to carry out their role in the delivery and management of care
  • Must keep your records secure
  • Have a duty of confidence towards your information.

When will the new joined up record be available?

The joined-up record is being introduced gradually, and more care organisations will join over time.  We plan for the first of our partners to have access to the new joined up record in April 2019.

What are the benefits of a joined-up record?

Being able to see your health and social care records at any time, in different places, means health and care professionals can make quicker and safer decisions about your care and the care of groups of residents like you.

As a user of local health and care services there are lots of advantages to having a joined-up record:

  • Everyone involved in your care will have the whole picture
  • When you visit somewhere different for care or meet a new care professional, they will have access to important health and care information
  • The results of common tests (for example blood tests) will be available to everyone involved in your care, regardless of where the test took place, reducing the need to repeat them
  • Professionals responsible for your care will be able to look at your health and care record to plan and improve your care
  • Professionals from different organisations will be able to look at anonymised health and care records and ensure that you, and others like you, are getting the best care from the whole team 

For health and social care professionals:

  • A complete, up-to-date record of an individual’s health and social care information helps them to make more informed decisions
  • They will have to spend less time finding out relevant information from different health and social care organisations and IT systems, and won’t have to spend time recording duplicate information across records
  • They will be able to use information to plan and improve care for their residents
  • Health and care professionals can work as a team to identify opportunities for improvement. They can do this using anonyomised information, with resident’s personal details removed