Staff in Bridgewater’s Leigh Walk-in Centre and IT teams have led the way in piloting a new system which supports sharing of child protection and safeguarding information.
The Child Protection – Information Sharing (CP-IS) system is a new function on TPP’s SystmOne patient information system, used by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and supports sharing of information between social care and healthcare staff working in unscheduled care settings
CP-IS is a system that enables child protection information to be shared securely between local authorities and NHS trusts across England.
When a patient receives treatment, their NHS record is accessed by SystmOne and displays this alert information, without the need to access different systems.
Once treatment is completed SystmOne sends an update to the relevant local authority system, via the national NHS systems, on the treatment provided.
Bridgewater began working with both TPP in November 2016 to be the first walk-in centre in the country to use the CP-IS functionality integrated with SystmOne.
As a result TPP has now been granted full roll out approval for this functionality.
Cath Partington Acting Clinical Service Manager at Leigh Walk-in Centre said: “Staff in the walk-in centre have really seen the benefit of the CP-IS flag and information on SystmOne. A clinician has around 10 minutes to assess a patient’s history and make important clinical decisions and this additional information relating to child protection and safeguarding on the electronic patient record can be invaluable in supporting decisions to be made in the patient’s best interest.
“As an urgent care service many patients and their carers attend the walk-in centre on a one-off basis with a minor illness or injury, so sharing information recorded outside of our local area ensures that we can have a much fuller history when treating potentially vulnerable patients and can take appropriate action.”
Bridgewater Chief Executive Colin Scales said: “The impact of giving our clinicians critical child protection and safeguarding information where treatment of vulnerable patients is concerned cannot be underestimated. Thanks to the hard work of our IT team and frontline staff working in partnership with TTP, we are now in a position where we can roll the CP-IS functionality out to our other urgent care services.”
Trish Anderson, Chief Officer of NHS Wigan Borough CCG, said: “The SystmOne CP-IS solution provides a fully integrated view, ensuring the required information is presented in an appropriate and timely way to clinicians. Using this solution will help us to ensure the delivery of safer services for all children receiving unscheduled care services in the Borough.”
For more information on Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust visit www.bridgewater.nhs.uk.