Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Integrated Care System (ICS), of which CUH is a part of, has signed an eight-year contract with Orion Health to to develop a Shared Care Record that will be used by eight health and care organisations and all GP practices in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Shared Care Record is a system that joins up patient information that is currently held separately by health and care services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Linking patient and care user records together will provide:

  • better co-ordinated and more seamless care
  • quicker diagnosis and treatment
  • releasing more time for care
  • fewer unnecessary clinical tests
  • less paperwork and repetition.

The Shared Care Record will also lay the foundations for using data to plan more joined up services to meet the needs of local people. The first phase of the project will launch in spring 2022 with a second phase also due to follow later next year.

The seven other organisations, as well as all general practices across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough involved in the project are:

  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridgeshire Community Services
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Andrew Raynes, Director of Digital and Chief Information Officer at The Royal Papworth NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS Digital Enabling Group, said: “We have had really good engagement with our community across hospital, mental health, and community trusts, along with primary and social care, to help us take this project forward.

“A shared care record helps to join up services and save time for both patients and health care staff. It’s been a cornerstone for us as a system and we’re delighted to be moving forward into the next step in creating something that best serves our patients across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.”

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s ICS brings together health and social care to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities, reducing health inequalities and putting patients at the heart of everything we do.  They will take forward ideas outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan and are tasked with joining up existing services and creating new pathways that focus on the individual and allow them to be treated as close to home as possible.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council’s Executive Director of People & Communities, Wendi Ogle-Welbourn said, “We’re really excited to have this opportunity to take forward the way in which the NHS and social care work together locally. We know that many people we support also have many points of contact with the NHS and that if we can share information with their consent we will be able to strengthen the way we work together and keep the person at the centre.”

Scott Haldane, ICS Executive Sponsor for the ShCR programme and Director of Finance at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, said, “This is an important step in building integrated health care records for our communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. All our partners are committed to the project, which will help us to deliver effective, joined-up care to improve the lives of our patients.”

Dr Rozelle Kane, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS Digital Clinical Lead, added: “All of our partners across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are working together to deliver the Shared Care Record. This new view of important care data will bring together information to enable health and care professionals in their roles and ultimately improve patient care.”

Richard Hodder, patient representative and lead Governor at Royal Papworth Hospital said, ‘’To have instant access to a full medical history through a Shared Care system represents a major advantage to both patient and clinician, especially in the emergency situation.”

To find out more about the shared care record and what it will mean for staff across our ICS system click here. You can also email the ICS Digital Team if you have a question about the project.