Camden and Islington NHS Trust leads digital revolution for mental health services

23 September 2015

Successful technology go-live sets pace for other NHS Trusts  - Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) has begun a digital revolution to improve its mental health services.

The Trust has successfully gone live with ‘Carenotes', a leading Electronic Patient Record system (EPR) from Advanced Health & Care (Advanced).This next generation EPR solution went live on 8 September 2015 meeting ambitious delivery targets following completion of a focused two-year project.

C&I selected Advanced over several approved suppliers. Advanced was chosen for best value in addition to aligning to critical success factors and priorities outlined by the Trust.

The system will enable staff to view patient records and make quicker, more informed and accurate clinical decisions due to improved data accessibility. Carenotes will also facilitate more consistent working processes supporting more efficient and joined up multi-agency working to enhance patient care and satisfaction.

Wendy Wallace, Chief Executive of the Trust says, “Our ambition is to lead a digital revolution to provide better overall patient care to thousands of people with mental health conditions. By working in partnership with Advanced to meet tight project timescales, we now move this vision closer to reality.

“Our successful ‘go live’ is not only a great achievement for the technical teams but also for all our staff who have committed to training in the new Carenotes system. I've been particularly impressed by the network of highly enthusiastic Champions that have stepped forward to support their colleagues and the Trust. User confidence is one of the keys to a successful transition and we are clearly demonstrating this now.”

Through its pioneering ‘Learn and Lead’ initiative, C&I has now recruited 165 ‘Carenotes Champions’ comprising staff volunteers and representing almost 10% of Trust staff. Through this exercise Champions are developing their personal skills and management experience.

David Jackland, Associate Director of ICT, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust says, “To deliver a project of this scale is a remarkable achievement. Everyone’s considerable efforts have been rewarded.

“C&I looks forward to continuing this work to deploy the Carenotes mobile product so that our clinical staff will be able to view patient records from smart devices.”


Notes to Editor

About Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and substance misuse services to people living in Camden and Islington, substance misuse services to Westminster, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to residents in Kingston.

Its services are provided for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area either in a community or inpatient setting. Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust has two inpatient facilities, at Highgate Mental Health Centre and St Pancras Hospital, as well as community based services throughout the London boroughs of Camden and Islington.

The Trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world’s leading academic health science partnerships. C&I’s income is £138 million per year and it employs more than 1,400 staff.

Media contacts for Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust:

Amy Anderson 020 3317 7082

Martin Gilmore 020 3317 7411

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