Person Centred Software has been assured by the NHSX as a supplier of Digital Social Care Records (DSCR), having launched a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to support adult social care providers in England to buy from an assured list of digital social care record solutions.
Commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care, the DPS enables quicker, easier and more informed purchasing processes for social care providers and other organisations. It is managed by NHSX, who provide expert advice and guidance to social care providers.
The move makes Person Centred Software, providers of the most widely used digital care system in the UK, one of the first digital care planning providers to be approved by the NHS and listed on its DPS as a go-to provider for digital social care record solutions.
Recognising that its platform meets the standards and capabilities deemed essential for health and social care teams and care providers across integrated care systems in England, the assurance is a major milestone for Person Centred Software, who have long campaigned for a more integrated health and social care system.
The company, whose ultimate goal is to improve the quality of care for residents and to enable a better journey for when they move between services, believes that the more joined-up the different elements of care are, the more likely everyone is to achieve the best outcomes.
Pioneers in this area, Person Centred Software recently launched a revolutionary new integration, which provides care homes with easy, secure and direct access to a resident's GP records.
By integrating its digital care management system with NHS Digital’s GP Connect and National Record Locator (NRL) services, registered nurses at care homes in England can now access information held by GPs at a much greater speed, enabling better medical decisions. As well as enabling carers to provide better care which, in turn, improves resident outcomes, the integration can deliver two-way interoperability between health and social care services, ensuring a smoother journey for residents transitioning between these two settings. Currently, there are over 130 care homes across the UK using GP Connect and National Records Locator to empower caregivers and improve outcomes.
Andrew Coles, Head of Product Management at Person Centred Software, said: “We have supported over 2,000 care homes on their digital journey and are leading the way in joining up health and social care. From February, our Nursing Home customers were able to access GP records via the integration with GP Connect, which we are delighted to say is already saving lives. We are paving the way for other care providers to follow by being assured by the NHSX Digital Social Care Records (DSCR) Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).”
Several care providers have praised the integration for streamlining processes and boosting efficiency since its launch earlier this year.
Discussing how the integration has benefited, Jonathan Cunningham MBE, Registered Care Manager of Birkdale Park Nursing Home and Rosebank Care Home for Learning Disabilities, said: “GP Connect has allowed us to gain access to a resident who we were told didn’t have any allergies, however, when we looked in GP Connect, we could see that they did.
Also, a number of residents came into our home and they were due their second round of vaccinations. Without GP Connect, they wouldn’t have been able to get their second vaccine as we wouldn’t have been able to see when they had their first and when they were due their next. If we didn’t have access, we would have had 10 residents who wouldn’t have had their second vaccines.”