Sevenoaks District Seniors Action Forum requested to be involved in the work surrounding the establishment of the Kent and Medway Care Record and are looking forward to attending a meeting in County Hall on 7th March to find out more about how the procurement process will proceed and comment on it.
Healthwatch Kent have forwarded to us the following information which explains the rationale for the Kent & Medway Care Record, how your data will be used and what you need to do to opt out of it, if that is your wish: “Did you know that the NHS can now legally share your health records with other NHS professionals to enable them to care for you better? This means that in an emergency, ambulance and hospital staff can read your health notes to help them treat you quickly and efficiently. Recent changes in the law means that all NHS organisations must now legally share information about your care with other professionals to enable this joined up care to happen.
The way in which this is going to be done is called the Kent & Medway Care Record which is a computer system that NHS organisations can view and read to help them plan and deliver the health care that you need. Only registered health and social care professionals can read your records and they can only see the elements that are relevant to their role and the care that they are providing you.
For example, a care worker visiting someone at home might be able to see that they have recently been discharged from A&E without having full access to that person’s entire medical history. But they would be able to see who to contact to find out more if needed. The Care Record should be in place by late 2019. The system is highly secure and will be carefully monitored. Individuals have the right to opt out of this if they want to. To opt out, visit your GP and make your wishes known. For more information about the Kent & Medway Care Record and other plans to improve health and social care services please visit our site. The following organisations are currently involved in phase one of the Kent & Medway Care Record:
- All 8 Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Groups
- Kent County Council & Medway Council
- All 7 main hospitals in Kent & Medway
- Mental health trusts for both adults and children
- Community health services in Kent & Medway including Virgin Care
- Ambulance service
- GPs and GP Federations
- Out of Hours GP services
- Hospices are being invited to be involved as well”