Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust has signed a contract to deploy SystmOne across Mental Health services at the trust.

The trust aims to develop a fully integrated electronic health record across the Bradford district, giving staff a single portal to access people’s mental and physical health records to support patient care.

Bradford Care has been a national lead in the area for Positive Practice in Mental Health.

The trust will replace its existing RiO EPR system, starting summer 2018, with the SystmOne mental health module, under a five-year contract mirroring the trust’s existing Shared Business Services contract.

Bradford Care provides a range of mental health services to the people of Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, as well as community and disability services.

The trust has two hospital-based care facilities, along with psychological therapy teams and a 24-hour ‘First Response’ service for those in crisis, together with specialist inpatient services for dementia assessment and a low secure unit.

Dr Andy McElligott, BDCFT’s medical director, said the move was a major step towards truly integrated health and care records.

“NHS and other care organisations, in our district, are beginning to work ever more closely as we start to create Accountable Care Systems; an integrated record will be a key enabler of the kind of high quality, joined-up, ‘right first time’ care that we wish to provide for all of our citizens.”

Paul Wye, TPP’s account manager for the Bradford area, said: “For those patients who also receive mental health care, they can now be reassured that, with their consent, their physical and mental health records will be completely joined up.”

All of the GP practices, community and child services in the Bradford area already use SystmOne. In addition, Bradford Adult Social Care service began using the system across their 17 locations in August 2016.