Coventry & Warwickshire Integrated Care Record

Ever wondered why, when you visit your GP or hospital, they can’t see all your health and care information? And why you find yourself having to answer the same old questions over and over – about things like the medicines you take, the treatment you’ve had, and whether you have any allergies?

The simple answer is they all use different computer systems to record your details. And because these systems aren’t connected, the health and care organisations looking after you can’t see the information each other holds on you.

But that’s now changing with the introduction of the Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care Record (ICR).

Our experience of working with COVID-19 has shown how important it is for the health and care professionals caring for a person to be able to see their information without delay when needed. The ICR will make a joined-up approach to health and care much more possible.

 

What is an Integrated Care Record (ICR)?

An Integrated Care Record (ICR) is a way of bringing together the various electronic records of a person’s care. It takes information directly from existing systems used by health and social care organisations and presents it in a structured, easy-to-read format for health and care professionals.

The ICR will provide health and care professionals with a more joined-up view of people’s care and treatment across all care settings. 

It has been developed in response to the feedback from many of you over a number of years, telling us that you only want to tell your story once when receiving care from any health or social care organisation across Coventry and Warwickshire.

 

What data will be available and who will be able to see it?

The first phase of the ICR will allow health and care professionals to view:

  • Your GP practice medical record
  • Secondary care and mental health data

Having access to this information will help them provide you with the best care as quickly as possible without having to make phone calls or wait for details to be forwarded by fax or email.

Initially we will bring together information from GPs and provide a view of this to hospitals, including Emergency Departments. And we will add community and social care, ambulance and NHS 111 data.  

We will continue to develop the ICR, allowing professionals across more health and social care settings to see information needed to support your care. We will also help services understand and find the best ways to meet people’s care needs.

There are strict rules about how we use your information and, as part of this work, we will ensure it is managed and viewed appropriately and in line with all legal requirements. These include UK Data Protection legislation (DPA 2018 and superseding legislation). All access will also be subject to audit.

 

Which organisations are involved with the Coventry & Warwickshire ICR?

The following organisations are involved in the ICR programme:

  • GP practices within Coventry and Warwickshire through their membership of the clinical commissioning groups 
  • Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  • South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Coventry City Council 
  • Warwickshire County Council 
  • West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Health and care organisations in the neighbouring areas of Birmingham and Solihull, and Herefordshire and Worcestershire, will be able to view your information for the purpose of giving you direct care should it be necessary.

What do I need to do?

You don’t need to do anything. For anyone aged 18 or over who is registered with a GP in Coventry and Warwickshire, Birmingham and Solihull, or Herefordshire and Worcestershire, the change is taking place automatically as we now switch on the ICR across the organisations taking part in the programme.

 

The benefits to you include:

  • Not having to repeat your details every time you have a different episode of care
  • Better and potentially faster treatment due to health and care professionals having access to better information
  • Reduction in potential medication errors through clinicians having access to your medication history (past and present)
  • More effective treatment should you need care for COVID-19 due to fast access to information about any pre-existing conditions and your medications

 

What if I do not want my records to be available through the ICR?

You have a right to object at any time. We don’t recommend this, as information that could be vital when you need health or social care support – for instance, during a visit to a hospital Emergency Department – might not be immediately to hand as a result.
 
Objecting will mean the services giving you care will be unable to view your records from other services.

However, the decision is entirely yours. If you do want to object, you can find out how on our Right to Object page.

Please note, the ICR is different to anything you might have said no to before. So, if you don’t want your records to be available to view through it, you’ll need to object.

Please be reassured that we take the security of your information very seriously.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The frequently asked questions document is designed to share and respond to questions that are asked about the Integrated Care Record. The document will also cover new developments within the ICR as and when they happen, outlining what these developments mean for you. 


Further information

If you are unsure or have any further questions you can email collaborative.care.record@nhs.net or call us on 0345 6461163.

If you require this information in an alternative format (e.g. braille, audio, easy read or your spoken language) please contact a member of our team on the email above.

 

Our survey

If you’d like to see the results of our survey, you’ll find them in our engagement campaign report. Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond and share their views.