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 health and care services you receive 

What does this mean for you?

The joined-up record will mean that the health and care professionals involved in your care can see your information and 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, as well as links to:

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 will be 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.

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.

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 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 the joined-up 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.

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 Summer 2019.