Graphnet has been awarded a contract to provide a single integrated care record in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The project will involve integrating 151 GP practices, two acute trusts, three community and mental health trusts, two councils and six clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

Graphnet’s CareCentric shared care record will be used to enable health and social care professionals from across the health economy to view and contribute information, relevant to the individuals they are caring for.

This will provide them with all the information they need at the point of care, helping them look after people more safely and effectively.

CareCentric will also be used to create single, cross-organisational care plans so care professionals across the community can work together on an individual’s care.

Individuals will also benefit from the myCareCentric Personal Health Record, which allows them to access their record and manage elements of their own care.

Graphnet won the contract following a procurement led by the local Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), which is called Together We’re better. The shared care record will be known as One Health and Care.

Simon Whitehouse, programme director at Together We’re Better, said: “Local people have told us that they want their health and care records to be available to practitioners who care for them, which means that they only need to share their health history once.

“By connecting these pockets of information, it will help us to be more efficient, so we can improve quality and outcomes for those being treated and cared for across both health and care.”

Following the implementation of the shared record, practitioners will have access to a complete and up-to-date record of their patients’ medical and care needs.

The aim is to prevent patients being asked for information repeatedly and ensure that their care preferences are shared and understood by all practitioners caring for them.

Brian Waters, CEO of Graphnet, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to fulfil their programme for better care co-ordination with a connected service.

“CareCentric will ensure that patients being treated or cared for experience a smooth transition through their pathway of care and safeguarding requirements are fully supported.”

Graphnet’s CareCentric solution also forms part of the Thames Valley and Surrey Local Health and Care Records Exemplar, which was announced in March 2019.

The £12.5 million, seven-year contract will focus on building on and joining up existing shared care records for 3.8 million citizens across Surrey, the Thames Valley and Buckinghamshire.