CCG News, Secondary Care

SW England deploys System C CarePlus

A single child health information system spanning the whole of South West England from South Gloucester to the Isles of Scilly, has successfully gone live based on System C’s CarePlus child health software.

The system manages the records of 710,000 children, logging the health status of individual children and the population at large, checking interventions and ensuring that none of them are duplicated or missed.

System C won the contract in partnership with Health Intelligence last year,when NHS England South West tendered for a single system spanning the entire geographic footprint – covering South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, Devon, Torbay, Plymouth, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The go-live has involved combining records and services across five CCGs, nine local authorities, 10 acute hospitals and 376 general practices.

The programme was delivered in two stages. In July this year the records of 150,000 children living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly were migrated from a another system into the existing Devon CarePlus environment.

The second stage in the go-live has just been completed successfully, with 798,000 records for children living in Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSSG) being successfully migrated across, creating a single South West instance of CarePlus.

There were nearly 26,000 duplicate records in this final migration, and these have all been successfully merged to ensure there is a single composite record for each child in the South West.

James Bolt, head of public health commissioning at NHS England South West, commented: “We are delighted to have gone live with CarePlus.  Having a single system across the whole region is going to make a big difference to the efficiency and effectiveness with which health professionals can manage queries about children in the area.  The result will be safer and more joined up care.”