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One record to improve health and care in the Black Country and West Birmingham

People living in the Black Country and West Birmingham will soon get even better and safer care and treatment, thanks to the introduction of joined-up health and care records.


One Health and Care is a new NHS shared care record launching later in the Spring, which will bring together all the separate records held by different local providers of health and social care – such as hospitals and GPs – in one secure, easy to read format.


This will give authorised professionals who are directly responsible for a person’s care, a more complete view of the care and treatment they have had across all health and care services.


It will mean, for instance, that a doctor in a hospital or a paramedic responding to a 999 call, will be able to access the same information as the person’s GP – such as details of allergies and current medications – so they can make faster, safer decisions about their treatment.


Dr Jonathan Odum, Chief Medical Officer for Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: “We know how frustrating it can be to be asked the same questions every time you see a new health or care professional. It’s also not efficient for clinicians to have to chase up patient notes from other organisations when they need them, as this can cause delays to people’s care or even see them having to go for repeat tests.


“One Health and Care will change all of this by bringing together the most up to date information held by different services. This means professionals will be able to make fully informed decisions that will allow the best possible service to be given to patients and service users.


“As a hospital doctor myself, the benefits of this are very clear – especially for colleagues working in emergency situations, when having all the information to hand could make a real difference when it comes to making the right decisions for someone who may be too unwell to answer important questions.”


As well as key medical information such as existing conditions, medications and test results, One Health and Care will also flag any additional needs a person has, such as difficulty with communication, and provide details of any other professionals involved in a person’s care.


Crucially, the record will be highly secure. It will only be viewable through existing clinical systems, meaning records will only be visible to authorised users directly responsible for a person’s care, and there will be a clear record of who has accessed information, and when.


Mike Hastings, Digital Lead for the Black Country and West Birmingham Integrated Care System, said: “The NHS and our public sector partners take the safety of people’s data very seriously and we are bound by strict laws and codes of conduct. Information in One Health and Care will be treated exactly like the information held in any hospital or GP system, meaning it will never be made public, used for advertising, or sold.


“This exciting project is all about providing safe, efficient, joined-up care and ensuring that professionals get the same view of their patients’ information no matter where in the Black Country and West Birmingham they are caring for them.”


One Health and Care is already up and running in the neighbouring counties of Shropshire and Staffordshire, and there are plans to link up with the wider West Midlands in the future, in case local people need to access care outside the area where they live.


A public engagement campaign about One Health and Care is currently under way, to give people an opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts, as well as explain how to object if people would prefer their records not be included in One Health and Care.


The next online information session, led by local GPs and project leads, will take place on Tuesday 25 January, from 10.30am to 12pm. For information on how to join the session, as well as more details about One Health and Care, its benefits, and how the NHS keeps your data safe, please visit www.one-health-care.net

 

 

Wash, wash, wash your hands

As COVID-19 continues to spread in the area, people across the Black Country and West Birmingham are being reminded of the importance of washing their hands.

Regular hand washing with soap and water remains an essential part of good hygiene and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as other winter illnesses such as colds, flu and stomach bugs.

Hands should be washed with warm water and liquid soap for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying them thoroughly. If soap and water are not available, people should use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

To help raise awareness, local NHS workers have created a fun and interactive sing-along video to demonstrate how to clean your hands, which will be rolled out to schools, partners and NHS organisations this week.

Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Good hand hygiene is fundamental in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and is simple and easy to do.

“However, COVID-19 isn’t the only illness that can be avoided with handwashing – it can also help protect us from other unpleasant illnesses such as colds, flu and stomach bugs, which can spread quickly during the winter months.

“We touch countless surfaces every day, whether that’s door handles, petrol pumps, surfaces or items in shops. Washing your hands regularly with antibacterial soap removes dirt, viruses and bacteria to stop them spreading to objects and other people, especially more vulnerable members of the community.

“Our hand washing video demonstrates the most effective way to wash your hands in order to keep yourself and others protected – and the whole family can get involved and have a sing-along too.

“Together, if we all follow good hand hygiene, we can help reduce the spread of infections.”

Watch the video on YouTube below:

Executive Recruitment for the Black Country Integrated Care Board

The Black Country Integrated Care System is looking for future Executives to lead the Integrated Care Board when it is established in July 2022.

We are now live with the recruitment to 3 of our 6 future executive roles.

Adverts are now live for the roles below:

Recruitment to the other executive posts of, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Equality and Innovations Officer and Chief People Officer will start in the coming weeks.

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive Officer said: “These posts represent a real opportunity to make a genuine and lasting impact on reducing health inequalities and delivering the best possible services to people in the Black Country. The successful post holders will work alongside other system leaders, provide inspirational leadership across the system to help us create healthier futures for local people.

“We are seeking compassionate, credible, and inspirational people on our Board, who will work with partners, people and communities to deliver the best possible health outcomes for all members of our community.

“If you have a strong desire to improve health and care and you think you have the right skills and experiences to fulfil one of these roles we are waiting for your application.”

Applications are via the NHS Job website and our recruitment partners at Badenoch + Clark are happy to discuss details with prospective candidates.

James McLeod This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07523 044455

David Hunter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07889 202229

Future NHS Health Board seeks independent non-executives

The recruitment is now underway to appoint four independent non-executive members to the Black Country Integrated Care Board (ICB).

The Integrated Care Board will be formed in April 2022, subject to the passing of the new Health and Care Bill.

These new roles represent an opportunity to be on the Governing Body for the future NHS ICB, where non-executive members will help to shape a long-term, viable plan for the delivery of the functions, duties, and objectives of the NHS locally.

Their roles are key to ensuring the new ICB has appropriate stewardship of public money and public accountability. Non-executive roles also bring welcome independent oversight, constructive challenge and promote open and transparent decision-making.

The Black Country Integrated Care Board is initially seeking applications for four new roles to cover the areas of, Audit, Remuneration and People, Quality and Safety, Finance, Performance and Digital.

Jonathan Fellows, Chair Designate for the Black Country Integrated Care Board said: “It is really important that our organisation is led by people who represent the voices and needs of Black Country people to inform our decision making.

“We are seeking compassionate, credible, and inspirational people on our Board, who will work with partners, people and communities to deliver the best possible health outcomes for all members of our community.

“The personal motivations and experiences of those leading our ICB will hopefully bring different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds to create a stronger and more creative environment, which in turn will deliver a healthier future in the Black Country.

“If you have a strong desire to improve health and care and you think you have the right skills and experiences to fulfil one of these roles we are waiting for your application.”

To find out more information or to apply for the roles, visit https://ics-ned-recruitment.com/job/the-black-country-designate-independent-non-executive-member-of-the-proposed-nhs-integrated-care-board.14307

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    People living in the Black Country and West Birmingham will soon get even better and safer care and treatment, thanks to the introduction of joined-up health and care records. One Health and Care is a new NHS shared care record launching later in the Spring, which will bring together all the separate records held by different local providers of health and social care – such as hospitals and GPs – in one secure, easy to read format. This will give authorised professionals who are directly respo...
  • Wash, wash, wash your hands

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  • Executive Recruitment for the Black Country Integrated Care Board

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