Partners win funding for better health and social care systems

Health and Social Care partners across Bradford and Airedale have been successful in a bid to NHS England’s Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards Technology Fund.

The bid, called Connecting Health and Social Care in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven will make the district one of the first in England to join up health and social care information about each resident and sees Bradford identified as one of three national accelerator/exemplar sites.

The fund has been created to help health and social care providers use technology more effectively to support better quality and safer health and social care

Led by Bradford District Care Trust, in partnership with Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the district’s three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs): NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, NHS Bradford City CCG and NHS Bradford Districts CCG, its aim is to provide the right care in the right place, first time.  The initiative will help support work to prevent hospital admission, long term residential care or unnecessary dependence on the health and social care system.

Dr Andy McElligott, Medical Director at Bradford District Care Trust said: “This is good news for local health and social care, having a joined up care record means a person not having to repeat their story to different professionals. It should reduce the number of assessments and care plans required and see health and social care experts able to access a person’s record from anywhere in the District.”

There will be strict information-sharing arrangements in place to make sure records are only seen by those professionals who have a need to see them in the interests of the individual and with their consent.

Councillor Amir Hussain, Executive Member for Adult Services and Health at Bradford Council, said: “As part of the scheme Bradford Council will become one of the first local authorities in the country to move its adult social care service user information onto the same system as its NHS partners across the district.

Co-ordinating care more effectively will significantly improve as organisations share information more easily. All professionals involved in a person’s care will have detailed and comprehensive information which will mean people receive more efficient care.”

Bridget Fletcher, Chief Executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“At Airedale we already have a single electronic system used by our hospital consultants and staff in GP practices. It’s used to share information about consultations and test results. This is quick and means safer care for patients. 

“The additional money will allow us to gain more benefits from all the health and social care community working together.  We’ll all be accessing a single patient/user record at the point of care. This will also help with the increasing demand for all our services.”