NHS Digital’s new national Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS) initiative is now available through SystmOne. CP-IS is a new Spine service designed to allow users to more easily identify vulnerable children. It alerts users in unscheduled care settings when a patient has a care plan with the local authority, and notifies the social care team that they have attended.

It is now fully integrated into SystmOne and if a patient who is registered has child protection information recorded then a flag will be displayed to the user. This alerts healthcare professionals when a child is vulnerable or at risk, and also makes it possible to identify when a child is being taken to multiple organisations in order to mask a pattern of abuse.

After a successful pilot at Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s (Bridgewater) Leigh NHS Walk-in Centre, TPP has rolled out the integration with CP-IS for the SystmOne A&E, MIU and Out of Hours modules.

Dr John Parry, Clinical Director, TPP, said “We’re delighted to be rolling out the CP-IS integration after a successful pilot with Bridgewater Community Healthcare. CP-IS is a vital national initiative, and we wholeheartedly support its aim of connecting local authority and NHS organisations together to ensure more holistic care. Ultimately the ability to readily recognise vulnerable children assists clinicians in saving lives.”

Cath Partington, Acting Clinical Service Manager, Leigh Walk-in Centre said, “Staff in the walk-in centre have really seen the benefit of the CP-IS flag and information on SystmOne. A clinician has around 10 minutes to assess a patient’s history and make important clinical decisions and this additional information relating to child protection and safeguarding on the electronic patient record can be invaluable in supporting decisions to be made in the patient’s best interest.

“As an urgent care service many patients and their carers attend the Walk-In Centre on a one-off basis with a minor illness or injury. The system shares information recorded outside of our local area to give a much fuller history when treating potentially vulnerable patients.”

Gareth Davies, Director of Finance, Bridgewater Community Healthcare, said, “The impact of giving our clinicians critical child protection and safeguarding information where treatment of vulnerable patients is concerned cannot be underestimated.  Thanks to the hard work of our IT team and frontline staff working in partnership with TPP, we are now in a position where we can roll the CP-IS functionality out to our other urgent care services.”

TPP has worked closely with NHS Digital to develop and assure CP-IS functionality within SystmOne, and there is no cost to users for implementing it. Interested users should contact NHS Digital’s CP-IS implementation team by emailing cpis@nhs.net. Further information is available at https://digital.nhs.uk/child-protection-information-sharing.