12 Dec 2019

The St Helens Shared Care Record has been shortlisted in the system and data integration category award at the national Health Service Journal (HSJ) Partnership Awards 2020, recognising outstanding dedication to improving health and care.

St Helens Cares - the partnership of NHS St Helens CCG, St Helens Council and provider organisations St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, North West Boroughs Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Torus Housing – along with system provider Graphnet is delighted to announce that the St Helens Shared Care Record  has been shortlisted for the system and data integration award at the national HSJ Partnership Awards 2020, recognising outstanding dedication to improving health and care.

The judging panel comprised a diverse range of highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector. To be shortlisted as a finalist for these awards, despite tough competition from hundreds of brilliant applicants, is a mark of real achievement for St Helens Cares.  The St Helens Shared Care Record project has been selected based on the diligence, ambition and the positive impact that the project has had on both practitioners and patients within the health care industry. 

A key enabler in providing integrated services in St Helens has been the creation of a shared care record from Graphnet. The St Helens Shared Care Record unites health and social care data for the borough’s residents into one single system which can be accessed by staff in health and care organisations including GP practices, adult and children’s services, Urgent Treatment Centre and out of hours services.

The shared record has reduced the need for a person to tell/retell their story,  reduce unnecessary admissions and minimise stay; avoid unnecessary or incorrect testing, diagnosis and treatment and reduce staff time spent hunting and gathering information.  This in turn has supported efforts to reduce incidents of avoidable harm

Professor Sarah O’Brien, Strategic Director People’s Services, St Helens Council and Clinical Accountable Officer at St Helens CCG comments: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the system and data integration award recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our team over the last 12 months to successfully implement the St Helens Shared Care Record.  We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for the people of St Helens, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement.  This nomination has been a tremendous boost to both to the whole St Helens Cares partnership and our system partner Graphnet and I am sure it will bolster our continued efforts to improve and continue to roll out the shared record across all of health and social care”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan added: “We would like to congratulate St Helens Cares and Graphnet on being nominated in the category of system and data integration ahead of HSJ Partnership Awards 2020. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in February, to join us in recognising the very best collaborations and innovations in the healthcare sector. This year’s finalists are of an outstanding calibre and all of them are exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.”

The winners will be selected following a rigorous, ‘live panel’ judging stage ahead of the HSJ Partnership Awards 2020 awards ceremony on the 27th February in London.