Transforming child health information services

Sharing the latest developments from the Healthy Child Digital Information Strategy

SCW is a national leader in digital development and this is particularly apparent in the field of records management, where we are implementing the transformation of Child Health Information Services (CHIS). A key deliverable of CHIS is the Healthy Child Digital Information Strategy, delivered across and in partnership with relevant key stakeholders of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Swindon, Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES) and Gloucestershire.

Introduced in November 2016, the NHS England publication, Healthy Children: A Forward View for Child Health Information, set out a new vision for how child health information can support both parents and professionals in providing the highest quality care for children and young people. The aim is to create a single view of a child’s health record that is available online to healthcare professionals and accessible to parents, carers and young adults.

With health and care services starting to work more collaboratively - joining up care across organisational boundaries and integrating health, social care, and educational needs - it identified the need to transform the way children’s health information is gathered and used so that all professionals involved in a child’s care get a single view of current and accurate information.

Traditionally children’s care records have been held within individual care organisations and been largely paper-based and manually intensive. This has resulted in a situation where there is no single picture of a child’s health and care history or their current needs and any information is not available to others outside of the health system. But now SCW is enabling the centralised CHIS IT System CarePlus to provide and receive data from maternity, primary care, health visitors and school nurses across six counties working with numerous different IT systems, suppliers and stakeholders.

And that’s not all. We have other examples of current CHIS transformation in Berkshire, where CHIS is formalising the Information Governance Agreements to become a partner of the Connected Care Project. This will enable the safe and efficient exchange of all relevant child health information between key health and care providers. It is expected that full integration will take between six to nine months from sign-off.

We are also working in partnership with System C and Graphnet to pilot the Electronic Personal Health Care Record (ePHCR) in the county. The pilot began in May 2018 with focus groups to include parents and carers, young people and healthcare professionals. The outcome of the focus groups will define the specification of the product.

As health and care organisations continue on their journeys to becoming part of local Integrated Care Systems, there’s no doubt the demand for information services to support new ways of working will continue to grow and our skill in this area will be attractive to other potential customers.

If you would like more information about the South Central CHIS Transformation Programme, please contact Sue Trinder.

Director of Child Health Information Services (CHIS)