The Bolton Care Record is a way of bringing together the relevant parts of your health and social care records, currently held by different care organisations who are responsible for looking after you. These records are currently held separately and aren’t available across different health and care settings when they are needed.
Why do you need to share my information?
The NHS in England has been working with patients and clinicians to try and identify ways of ensuring that patients and clinicians are able to gain maximum benefit from their consultations. To enable this to happen, there is a target that the NHS should be paper free at the point of care by 2020.
To provide the best treatment, care and support to you as a patient or service user it is essential that health and social care professionals have access to the most up-to-date information. Information is already shared between health and social care organisations by phone and through paper records. The Bolton Care Record allows this sharing process to happen more efficiently, enabling better care for you.
What is meant by an Integrated Digital Care Record?
On a local level many Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have started to integrate peoples’ health and social care records to improve the overall care they provide in their area and to ensure more joined up care is provided. This is referred to as an Integrated Digital Care Record.
Who will this affect?
This will affect all residents across the country. However, each area is working out a local solution to support this, but ensuring that all areas could be joined up. This will ensure that no matter where you receive your health and social care, you can be assured that the care professional will have the most up to date information relating to your treatment.
Who is responsible for the Bolton Care Record?
Bolton CCG will retain overall responsibility for ensuring that the governance structures are established and operate effectively. Governance structures for all aspects of the Bolton Care Record, including information governance, are being established and will include representatives from all of Bolton’s key partner organisations.
Is it for all patients registered with a GP practices in the Bolton locality?
Yes, unless they have refused to share their records.
Who uses the Bolton Care Record?
The Bolton Care Record is used by health and care professionals within your local NHS and Social Care. Having access to this record allows health and care professionals to have a much wider view of information than they might otherwise have to hand, which in turn is beneficial to you when they provide your regular or emergency health care.
In situations where a clinician may not have any history of your previous treatments, for example in emergencies, access to information about allergies, diagnosis and medication can provide vital details that will help them give you the best care and advice possible.
Where does the Bolton Care Record get its information from?
The Bolton Care Record is an electronic record that brings together information from different parts of the NHS and Social Care in Bolton.
Who can amend or add information to my Bolton Care Record?
Your healthcare information will be updated locally by the hospital or your GP practice and these updates will be present in your care record the next time it is viewed.
What are the benefits of the Bolton Care Record for patients and clinicians?
By sharing your information across services your GP practice or hospital team will be able to see the most up-to-date health information about you and be able to make better and quicker decisions about your care and treatment. This will be especially helpful when care is being provided by a range of professionals, is unplanned or in an emergency.
For example, this means that if you go into hospital in an emergency, the doctor treating you will know what medication your GP has prescribed for you. It also means that when you visit your GP, they will be able to see what care you have received in hospital. It will allow all healthcare professionals directly involved in your care to work with you to make safe and fully-informed decisions about your care.
As well as providing you with better, safer and quicker treatment, it also means you do not have to give the same information to lots of different people, which can sometimes happen at the moment.
If I receive treatment or care outside the Bolton area can health and social care professionals see my Bolton Care Record?
No. The Bolton Care Record is only available to the NHS and social care organisations in Bolton that have signed up to the system.