Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT) and TPP have signed a contract that will see the deployment of SystmOne across Mental Health services at the trust.

The five year contract (mirroring the trust’s existing Shared Business Services contract) will mean the trust will replace their current implementation of the Servelec Rio system with the SystmOne Mental Health module. BDCFT provides a range of mental health services to the people of Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, as well as community and disability services. The trust has two hospital based care facilities, along with psychological therapy teams and a 24-hour ‘First Response’ service for those in crisis.

Within their inpatient facilities, the Care Trust also offers specialist services for dementia assessment and a low secure unit.

The trust made the decision to move to SystmOne to achieve its commitment to a fully integrated electronic health record across the Bradford district. They are also hoping that the move will bring about new efficiencies and improved ways of working, giving staff a single portal to access people’s mental and physical health records to support patient care. This follows the trust’s work as a national lead in this area for Positive Practice in Mental Health.  Plans are now underway to implement the system with TPP in summer 2018.

Dr Andy McElligott, BDCFT’s Medical Director, said the move was a major step towards truly integrated health and care records. “NHS and other care organisations, in our district, are beginning to work ever more closely as we start to create Accountable Care Systems; an integrated record will be a key enabler of the kind of high quality, joined-up, ‘right first time’ care that we wish to provide for all of our citizens. We believe that our service users, staff and partners will see significant benefits from day one.”

Paul Wye, TPP’s Account Manager for the Bradford area, said the move would be transformational for the people of Bradford. “Recent evidence shows that patients with mental health issues are much more likely to also experience physical ill health. Therefore it is more important than ever to recognise the value of a holistic approach to healthcare. As there are a large number of services already using SystmOne in this area, it’s likely that the vast majority of citizens already have a completely integrated health and care record. For those patients who also receive mental health care, they can now be reassured that, with their consent, their physical and mental health records will be completely joined up.”

All of the GP practices in the Bradford area are using SystmOne, along with all of the community and child health services. In addition, Bradford Adult Social Care service began using the system across their 17 locations in August last year.