Local Care Record

We are introducing the Local Care Record, a new secure way of sharing information electronically between local hospitals and GP practice in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a duty to keep complete, accurate and up-to-date information about your health, so that you can receive the best possible care. Sometimes the people caring for you need to share some of your information with others that are also supporting you. This could include GPs, hospital based specialists, nurses and health visitors.

The Local Care Record will make the secure sharing of this information as easy and effective as possible. It will join-up care records at GP Practices in Southwark and Lambeth with Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley.

The Local Care Record will enable healthcare professionals to view a patient’s medications, previous treatments, test results and any other clinical information at the touch of button, so helping improve the care they provide to patients.

The diagram below shows how information will be shared between hospitals and GP practices as part of the Local Care Record.

Local Care Record

Information is only shared when it is needed to make your care and treatment safer, easier and faster and only with those people directly involved in your care. This could include allowing a hospital doctor to see the medication that a GP has prescribed for you when you go in to hospital or allowing a GP to see what care, tests or treatment you received while in hospital.

The new system will start to operate in a small number of GP practices and hospital services from winter 2015, and other organisations will continue to join during 2016.
We are currently engaging with local people about the Local Care Record, to provide you with as much information as possible, and to answer any questions you may have.  

To find out more information, please talk to your GP or healthcare professional, or if you wish for your information not to be shared call 020 7188 8801 or email gst-tr.gstpals@nhs.net.

 

For more information visit our partners' websites:

 

For GP practices wanting more information or to get involved please speak to Dean Holliday.

  • Frequently asked questions
    • Local Care Record
      • What is the Local Care Record?

        Your local NHS organisations in Southwark and Lambeth have a duty to keep complete, accurate and up-to-date information about your health, so that you can receive the best possible care.

        Sometimes the people caring for you need to share some of your information with other healthcare practitioners who are also supporting you. This could include GPs, hospital-based specialists, nurses, psychologists and health visitors.

        To enable this information sharing to happen more quickly and to improve the care you receive, a new process has been put in place in Southwark and Lambeth. This will join up your care records from your local hospital organisations (Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts) with GP practice information through existing computer systems. It is called the Local Care Record.

        Information is only shared when it is needed to make your care and treatment safer, easier and faster, and only with those people directly involved in your care. This would include allowing a hospital doctor to see the medication that a GP has prescribed for you when you go in to hospital or allowing a GP to see what care, tests or treatment you received while in hospital.

      • How are my records shared?

        Previously patient information and care records will have been shared via traditional methods such as secure post, fax or email, which can be slow and, at times, unreliable. In future professionals will view your Local Care Record automatically through the computer systems they have access to already, allowing better decision making and care to be provided.

      • What kind of information will be shared?

        Your Local Care Record will contain up-to-date and relevant health care information about you, at the time you are speaking to the healthcare professional.

        Examples of information that is shared include:

        • Your name, address and NHS number to help identify you correctly
        • Information about your appointments, visits and hospital attendances
        • Medicines you have been prescribed and details of medication reactions and allergies
        • Test results

        Referral, clinic letters and discharge information to ensure people caring for you have all the information to treat you.

         

      • Why is it better if my information is shared?

        To provide the best treatment and support healthcare professionals need access to the most up-to-date information about you. This information can be from a range of services including hospitals and your GP practice. Therefore, sharing information between these services will allow the people that are supporting you to make better decisions and work with you more effectively.

        Your three local hospital organisations (Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts) already share information between each other electronically. We now want to make sure that your care and treatment is as joined-up as possible by allowing GP practices and hospital to share information in this way.

      • How will sharing my care record benefit me?

        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.

      • Who can view my record?

        Only staff members who are directly supporting your care will have access to your care record. Whenever possible, professionals will inform you that they are accessing your care record.

        This may not be possible every time, for example in an emergency, however each time a person accessing your information there is a clear record of it.

      • Who runs the system?

        The Local Care Record system is hosted by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the other NHS organisations in Southwark and Lambeth. It is overseen by senior managers and clinicians across all partner organisations.

      • Which organisations are involved?

        The following organisations are planning to participate in the Local Care Record:

        • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
        • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (including the Princess Royal University Hospital)
        • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
        • Lambeth GP Practices
        • Southwark GP Practices

         The programme is supported by:

        • NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group
        • NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group
        • Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care
        • Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity
        • King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre
      • Can I choose who can see my care record or which parts of my record can be shared? 

        If you wish not to share your information you can choose to opt-out by speaking to your GP or healthcare professional. Certain sensitive information is never shared, for example sexual health information.

        It is not possible to choose which healthcare professionals are able to view your Local Care Record. However, there are rules in place to make sure that only those directly involved in your care will view your record on a need to know basis.

      • Who can amend or add information to my care record?

        Your healthcare information will always 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.

      • How do I know my records are kept secure?

        Your information can only be accessed over a secure healthcare network and by those that are providing you with support.

        By law, people working in or on behalf of the NHS or as part of NHS healthcare teams must respect your privacy and keep all information about you safe.

      • How will I know my care record is being accessed?

        Whenever possible, professionals will inform you that they are accessing your shared care record. This may not be possible every time, for example in an emergency. However, each time a person accesses your information there is a clear record of it and information on this can be provided to you by your GP.

        Only staff members who are directly supporting your care will have access to your care record.  Whenever possible, professionals will inform you that they are accessing your shared care record.

      • Can I opt out of my records being shared?

        Yes, you can choose not to share your information when you register with your GP practice or when speaking to any healthcare professional that wants to view the Local Care Record.
        To find out more information or if you wish for your information not to be shared, please talk to your GP, healthcare professional, call 020 7188 8801 or email gst-tr.gstpals@nhs.net. You can also download the Opt-Out Form from this website page.

        You can also visit the King’s Health Partners website – www.kingshealthpartners.org/localcarerecord.

      • Can I access my own record electronically?

        Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you can request access to any information that an organisation holds about you, including electronic and paper records. You may also be able to access your own records electronically. If you wish to do this please contact the relevant organisation for example: your registered GP practice or the hospital which the request relates to.

      • I have heard of another scheme called care.data, how does the Local Care Record differ?

        Care.data is a national NHS service which collects non-identifiable patient information from GP practices to help in planning services and research. The Local Care Record is not linked to care.data in any way.

        If you already opted-out of care.data you will still need to let us know if you want to opt out of the Local Care Record.

      • I have heard of the Summary Care Record (SCR), how does the Local Care Record differ?

        The Local Care Record provides a more detailed view of your health, care and treatment records from your local NHS organisations in Southwark and Lambeth.

        The Summary Care Record is used nationally and contains important information from the record held by your GP practice. It includes details of any medicines you are taking, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have previously experienced. The Summary Care Record also includes your name, address, date of birth and your unique NHS number to help identify you correctly.

        If you already opted-out of the Summary Care Record you will still need to let us know if you want to opt out of the Local Care Record.

      • What is included from social care in the Local Care Record?

        GPs, nurses and social workers work closely together to ensure local people get the best possible care and support. Although the Local Care Record will not contain all of your social care information it is likely to contain some that is relevant to your care, treatment or support. This may include information about a hospital stay, hospital discharge or support you are receiving in the community.

        Our ambition in the future is to include more social care information to further support and completely join-up your care. We will provide you with more information about this in the future.

      • Will social services assess my benefits from using my local care record?

        No, the Local Care Record is only ever used for direct patient care and support by professionals involved in your care.

      • Can the Government view or use my record?

        No, the Local Care Record is only ever used for direct patient care and support by professionals involved in your care.

      • If I receive treatment or care outside of Southwark and Lambeth will this update the Local Care Record?

        No, the Local Care Record only includes information from local hospital organisations (Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts) and GP practices that have signed up to be part of the Local Care Record programme in Southwark and Lambeth. No other organisations or external companies will be able to access or update the record.

      • When will my information start to be shared?

        The Local Care Record will start in a small number of GP practices during early 2016, with other GP practices joining during 2016. Speak to your GP if you would like to find out further details.

      • Will you be sharing my information with or selling it to research or insurance companies?

        No, your personal information will never be shared with or sold to external or private organisations including research or insurance companies.

      • What do I do if I would like to make a complaint about improper use of the Local Care Record?

        Please talk to your GP, healthcare professional or call 020 7188 8801. You can also download the Opt-Out Form from this website page.