Barnsley Council integrates health and social care records
28 November 2012
Barnsley Council has announced it has integrated the NHS and
social care records of adults in the local community.
The Council is now able to match in real-time an individual’s NHS
and social care record through NHS number validation against the
Personal Demographics Service (PDS) on the national Spine.
Part of the Department of Health Social Care Personal Demographics
Service Early Adopters (SCPEA) programme, this initiative sits at
the core of Barnsley’s aim to provide seamless health and social
care delivery, improving people’s outcomes and independence through
better control and governance.
Ian Fereday, Business Information Manager, Barnsley Metropolitan
Borough Council, commented, “The existing model of care delivery is
largely one of social care and healthcare as separate entities
working in partnership. However, huge transformation can be enabled
by technology, allowing every pound invested in health and social
care to work as hard as it possibly can while achieving both
improved care delivery."
Barnsley worked with IT systems developer Liquidlogic, a McKesson
company, to integrate the adult social care system and the PDS,
enabling Barnsley’s social care workers and care practitioners to
validate, in real-time, an individual’s NHS number on their social
care record against their healthcare record.
This permission-based, real-time validation means at a very basic
level that individuals no longer have to be asked for their personal
details every time they are visited. More fundamentally than that,
though, the solution allows carers to ensure that they are talking
about the same person across health and social care and critically
prevents duplication or inaccuracy across care records. Moving
forward, this will enable relevant information and assessment data
to be shared electronically with the individual’s consent, in order
to achieve a greater level of seamless care.