Hundreds of healthcare professionals gather for the second Shared Care Record Summit of the year, showcasing national, regional, and local progress when it comes to sharing information.

Following the success of the first event last year in Leeds, Carl Beet, Director of Digital Services and Chief Information Officer opened the Shared Care Record Summit in Birmingham to discuss the positive impacts of shared care record adoption.

What is a shared care record?

A shared care record is a safe and secure way of bringing all separate records from different health and care organisations together digitally in one place. Held at the ICC in Birmingham, NHS professionals gathered to share their progress since adopting the shared care record.

How does sharing my information help?

To provide our service users with the best care it is important that health and social care staff have the most up to date information available to them. Shared care records assist staff to make the best decisions by having a more ‘joined-up’ picture of a service user’s information. This is important in providing safe, personalised, and connected care.

Throughout the day guests heard from many speakers, including Dr James Reed, Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO). Dr Reed has strongly endorsed using the shared care records with his colleagues at the Trust and beyond to ensure that we are all looking at the bigger picture when it comes to each person’s journey to good mental health and wellbeing. He said:

I think we are now at the point where shared care records are seen as something that is an essential part of healthcare rather than an optional extra – and that’s an important stage to be at.”

If you would like to learn more about the shared care record and examples of positive stories, you can hear feedback from various healthcare providers across the Birmingham and Solihull patch. 

A full recording of the event is also available to watch back for those of us who could not attend.