NHS East Riding of Yorkshire has become the first primary care trust in the country to implement TPP’s SystmOne Community Hospital module.

The PCT said the MacMillan Wolds Unit at Bridlington Hospital was the first community hospital unit to go live followed by community wards in Driffield, Beverley, Hornsea and Withernsea.

The PCT said the SystmOne software supports clinical and administrative work processes as well as patient management. Functionality includes monitoring and reporting of bed management, prescribing and clinical coding.

Using TPP SystmOne community-based staff and GPs can now access the same records from GP referral to inpatient and outpatient care and discharge into the community.

The PCT said the implementation was a ‘first of type’ and its informatics team worked with TPP to create the new module.

Lee Rickles, head of the informatics service for NHS East Riding of Yorkshire, said the informatics team was involved at every stage of the project and were extremely pleased with the result.

He added: “The main drivers were to have a system that fulfils the national requirement for reporting for ICD Coding and to introduce functionality we currently don’t have such as bed management.

“It made sense to look into using SystmOne in the community hospital setting because our community-based nursing teams use SystmOne and any opportunity to have shared data across services benefits patient care.”

Nick Borrill, locality matron for Beverley and Holderness, added: “The system is being used by all grades of staff from the health care assistants inputting the patient’s vital signs, to the ward sister looking at overall bed management. Simplicity of the system has been the key to user involvement. We are very proud to be one of the first teams to use this in the community hospitals”

The PCT said the new system underpinned its ambitions to transform community services. The availability of a common shared records will help bring care closer to home.

The PCT’s informatics team is now working with TPP to develop the functionality of the care plans, prescribing and day hospital to further advance patient care all the community wards.