All five hubs in the Encompass area are now sharing patient records. This allows all the organisations involved in the multi-disciplinary teams to communicate and input data outside of the meetings where they discuss the patients This has greatly improved efficiency and the ability to see more patients.
Data Sharing Agreements are in place to allow all people involved in the person’s care to see records regardless of who originally created them (as long as the patient gives consent). See our data sharing leaflet: CHOC MDT Information sharing leaflet Final July 17 (1)
They can also add to those records immediately during the multi-disciplinary meetings so that, for example, if the patient’s specific GP isn’t at the meeting, the team can see exactly what happened and what the recommendations are.
A Professional’s perspective
Nicola Cloughley, Health and Social Care Co-ordinator – Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
“A lot of people assume that everyone involved in care can see their records already. But not only is that not true but it’s also one of the most difficult parts about bringing the different organisations in health and social care together. The training on the new system has been fantastic. All the data for the patients who we are seeing through the Community Hub model is on there and we can add new patients as they get referred to us.
“Data sharing means that if we’re talking a patient as a joined up team we all have access to the same information and can see if anything new has happened that we need to be aware of. It also means that when we decide on an action at the meetings we can notify their own GP immediately and ask them to put certain things in place.
“Not all GPs could attend every meeting so this really helps spread awareness and get things actioned a lot quicker.
“As more and more people join the MDTs (hospice nurses have recently joined) we can see huge benefits for our patients in working in this way.”