Professionals in Surrey Heartlands will be able to reduce unnecessary patient tests and improve safety through better working between hospitals, GPs and social care. Local Health and Care Record Exemplars (LHCREs) are new partnerships that will each receive up to £7.5

Last month NHS England announced three areas, covering 14 million people, had been chosen to become ‘Local Health and Care Record Exemplars’. Now NHS England has announced two more areas including Surrey Heartlands:

  • Yorkshire and the Humber, covering West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Humberside
  • Thames Valley and Surrey (covering Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey)

Together with previously announced sites, Greater Manchester, Wessex and One London, this means over 40% of the population of England will be covered by a shared local health and care record.

Surrey Heartlands, along with NHS East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group, is soon to roll out the first phase of the Surrey Care Record – a local electronic shared local health and care record. Dr Andrew Sharpe, an Epsom GP and the Surrey Care Record’s Chief Clinical Information Officer said: “This brings Surrey into the digital 21st century.  It means care will be able to flow between organisations and people will only have to tell their story once.”

Matthew Swindells, national director of operations and information at NHS England, said: “In the NHS’s 70th year, the local health and care record programme will take the NHS to a world leading position in using information technology to join up services, reduce errors, speed the adoption of new innovations, and give patients control over their own care. The Exemplars will be our trail blazers for that transformation.”

The five partnerships will give health and care staff better and faster access to vital information about the person in their care, so they can determine the right action as quickly as possible, whether that is urgent tests or a referral to a specialist.

At the moment, in many local areas GPs and other care professionals are often not able to access crucial patient information quickly if it is held in another part of the health service sometimes having to rely on post or fax instead. Each Local Health and Care Record Exemplar will work on a larger scale than existing local projects, providing healthcare staff who need it access to the information they need for people’s individual care.

million over two years to put in place an electronic shared local health and care record that makes the relevant information about people instantly available to everyone involved in their care and support.