Camden recognised for innovation in patient care

NHS Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been recognised by Britain’s leading and most prestigious health sector awards for the excellent work it is doing to improve patient care.

The CCG has been shortlisted in the Enhancing Care by Sharing Data and Information category in the 2014 Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards. The award recognises initiatives where data sharing has made a real difference to patient care – improving outcomes, experience and supporting patients to look after themselves better – and delivered efficiencies for the NHS.

Camden Integrated Digital Record (CIDR) is an initiative that aims to link together health and social care information. It allows different services – such as acute trusts, GP surgeries, mental health information, local authority services and district nurses – to share vital information about patients with the patient’s consent. This includes information about medication, allergies, care plans and end of life wishes, helping clinicians from all settings to offer patients co-ordinated, safe and more appropriate care.

For instance, if someone has been in an accident and is taken to A&E, they may be unable to give an update on their medical history, making it difficult to provide them with the right care for their needs. CIDR gives all of this information in one place, at the click of a button.

Dr Caz Sayer, Chair of NHS Camden CCG, said:

“We are delighted that CIDR has been recognised by the HSJ Awards. By creating integrated digital records, local services are able to view all relevant information related to a patient’s care in one place, meaning they can provide the best possible care. This is just one of the ways that we’re looking to work more closely with our partners in Camden to provide effective, patient focussed care.”

The HSJ received a record number of entries for this year’s awards (1,305) and the winners will be revealed at a presentation ceremony on 19 November 2014 at the Grosvenor House, London.

On announcement of the shortlist HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said: “The HSJ Awards are the greatest celebration of one of the world’s finest healthcare systems.”