Southern Health contracts new parental portal

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has awarded a contact to Mindwave Ventures to provide a new parental portal for its 0-19 Children and Family Services.

The contract, valued between £550,000 – £1 million, will see the trust introduce an interactive portal linked to the personal child health record within the trust’s RiO electronic patient record. The portal will offer parental access to National Child Measurement Programme information and the ability to record a child’s growth and weight data.

It will also introduce functionality to enable parents to book appointments with clinical teams, provide teams at the trust with a way to communicate with service users, and utilise questionnaires to gain information and feedback.

Mindwave’s personal health record is currently used across eight trusts and two integrated care systems, to bring personal health information into one place.

In 2021, Southern Health introduced the National Event Messaging System, providing an electronic solution to share events of children’s care across health domains and geographical boundaries, which replaced manual collection and data entry processes for 448,000 children across Hampshire and the IOW.

The trust collaborated with NHS Digital and Servelec, to design and implement a solution to receive and load NEMS events messages, to ensure events are shared with GP practices, health visitors and school nurses as soon as possible.

One of the benefits of the system the trust highlights is to automate GP and address changes, to ensure the location of every child is known and care is provided or transferred as they move into and out of H&IOW. The trust said it records 182,000 movers each year.

In other programmes around the country, HTN welcomed the digital team at Leicestershire Partnership for a session as part of HTN Now. We were joined by Jasmine Feakes, Digital Practitioner and Oliver Kyle, Digital Engagement Lead at Leicester Partnership NHS Trust to discuss the delivery of its Healthy Child Programme using digital tools.