Person Centred Software extends access to GP Connect

Person Centred Software extends access to GP Connect

Person Centred Software have extended their so that Registered Managers and Non-Clinicians can access GP records via GP Connect: Access Record (HTML)

You can find out more about GP Connect in our recent article Rolling out filtered access to GP Connect for non-clinical staff.

Who can access GP Connect?

Accessing a Digital Social Care Record (DSCR) was previously just for clinicians. Person Centred Software is very pleased to announce that Registered Managers and Non-Clinical staff are now eligible to have access to residents’ GP records via their integration with GP Connect.

This has come from the continued success of enabling registered nurses to have clinical access to over 9,000 residents’ GP records since February 2021.

Why are Registered Managers and Non-Clinical staff now able to access GP Connect?

Digital Social Care wanted to increase the sharing of clinical information with non-clinical social care staff to provide all care settings with appropriate access, to ensure that people receive the best possible care in a timely, safe manner and to reduce stress and pressure on those providing care services.

Registered managers and non-clinical staff could not gain access to GP Connect before because there was an unease about non-clinical staff potentially misinterpreting clinical information – the NHS wanted to retain control of that information. The sensible first step was to share the data in line with legislation but with restricted access. Once a level of comfort in data sharing was established, non-clinical access was granted.

It has been a monumental step to allow non-clinical staff access to clinical information, and it’s also a step towards achieving the ambitions set out in the white paper: Health and social care integration: joining up care for people, places and populations. This paper sets out the Department of Health and Social Care’s ambition to make integrated health and social care a universal reality for everyone across England.

Person Centred Software recently onboarded and connected their 200th customer to GP Connect; here’s what they have to say about the service:

“GP Connect is a fantastic tool as it enables us to triangulate residents’ care records with health records by capturing data from multiple GP systems. The benefits of GP Connect are instrumental – as management, we now have oversight of our residents’ care and health records which helps us deliver the best possible care and allows us to have a holistic care plan for all our residents.” – Shaikh Hassan, Home Manager at Inwood House (Autograph Care Group)

Here’s what Person Centred Software’s Global Head of Product, Andrew Coles had to say about the GP Connect non-clinical access announcement:

“We have seen the tremendous impact of changing lives in over 200 care locations since we joined up care in February 2021. Until now, the NHS decision was to make GP Connect available to registered clinicians only (registered nurses in nursing homes), but the general feedback was that the service would be invaluable to registered managers and other members of the team too, as they are also involved in direct care. It is now a crucial time as social care and health care are on a journey to join forces and it is a personal responsibility, as a software provider, to challenge the sector to continue to push and level the playing field to improve the lives of those living in care and providing care.” – Andrew Coles, Global Head of Product at Person Centred Software

What is needed to access GP Connect?

Firstly, homes must be published at “Standards Met” on the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT)

Hear from the first care home to have non-clinical access to resident’s GP records via GP Connect:

“We have been using GP connect for a long time now – our senior carers, which have important responsibilities, such as compiling care plans and providing physical and emotional support to our residents, have not been able to access vital GP information until now. So, I’m thrilled that our senior carers can now access GP connect. This will improve our knowledge base of the individuals we care for, as we can now see ‘up to date’ relevant medical records related to our residents. This is a major turning point for us, and I’m incredibly excited about this!” – Daniel Pratley, Deputy Manager at Meadow View Care home


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