Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is making good progress with the first phase of the roll-out of its Paris electronic patient record system, its board has been told.

A report to the trust’s board meeting last week heard that Paris is being implemented in two phases. The first phase involves replacing the existing CareNotes system and the second involves introducing additional features.

The first phase is being carried out in three go-lives, the first of which – to learning disability services – took place in April and the second – to adult services, crisis teams and the mental health liaison team – took place on 13 October.

The final go-live – to older people’s services and specialist services – is scheduled for the end of November. The second phase, which will include e-prescribing and off-line working, will start once the first is complete “and Paris is fully embedded within all trust services.”

The report to the board explains in detail how the trust developed a business readiness plan for the 13 October go-live and then followed it to make sure that records were being extracted successfully from CareNotes and loaded into Paris and the trust’s data warehouse.

It also explains how trust staff were trained and supported in using the new system. It identifies a number of lessons learned for the future go-live; but the biggest issues appear to have been producing letters in Parlis and clinic configuration.

The report says various actions have been taken to speed up the production of letters. Derbyshire Healthcare awarded Civica a five year contract to supply, deliver and host Paris in August 2012.

It used the NHS Shared Business Services clinical information systems framework to identify its preferred supplier, from the four on the framework.

At the time, it said it would roll-out the system during 2014, and then use it “to pursue wider transformation initiatives.”