Professional Record Standards Body - June/July 2019

LIVE: PRSB and AOMRC launches #TheDoctorsDownload
Are you a doctor who is ready to have your say on the benefits and challenges of the use of digital information and technology in healthcare? We’ve teamed up with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to launch TheDoctorsDownload, a consultation to engage with doctors across the UK about their experiences using digital, data and technology.

The ‘crowdsourced’ conversation comes at a time of growing pressure on healthcare providers to use digital innovation to improve the quality of care and make better use of resources. Extensive anecdotal evidence shows a disconnect between the aspirations of health service leaders and the daily reality in hospitals and surgeries. This study will identify what’s working and what isn’t, but also why it’s not working and what can be done to improve things. Commissioned by Health Education England, the body which is responsible for training doctors and conducted by Clever Together, an innovation and research company, the month long study will give UK doctors a say in the way digital healthcare can have the greatest impact.

Through this consultation we want to build a much better and deeper understanding of doctors’ everyday experiences and concerns with using digital technology, as well as their hopes and desires for the future. Once we have gathered this insight, the goal is to use it to inform policy development of government and national bodies in the NHS, as well as identifying actions for the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, its members, and PRSB.

Professor Carrie MacEwan, chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said:
“We know how important it is for clinicians to be at the forefront of the digital health tech breakthroughs considered by the Topol review including genomics, artificial intelligence and digital medicines. But we are also acutely aware that far from being perceived as an enabler, digital information sharing and technology are often seen as a problem. By engaging doctors in a different way, we can generate a deeper insight and evidence base about their experiences and gather practical ideas for improvement so that we can help improve both the health and care of our patients but also the working lives of doctors."

Professor Maureen Baker, chair of PRSB added:
“Our hope is that by engaging the UK medical workforce we can generate fresh insight into both the practical and cultural barriers and enablers around digital and technology so that organisations such as PRSB can use standards and regulation to support doctors.”

You can find a short video explaining more about the project here. We’d also love it if you could share this consultation with your colleagues and via Twitter, to help us get as many people as possible involved.

The online conversation kicks off today (27 June) and will last approximately three weeks. You can join in here.
Podcast: Making medications safer
There are currently 237 million medication errors every year. While the safety risks are small in most of these cases, for some patients there are serious risks because of errors in prescribing, dispensing or monitoring medications. We also know that half of patients with long-term conditions don’t take their medications properly and many would welcome advice from a doctor or pharmacies.

NHS Digital’s newly published medications guidance aims to change this, by making sure that information about medicines can be shared digitally between systems in different care settings.

At the moment hospital and primary care clinicians prescribe differently which means that details about medications and their use instructions vary between hospital and GP surgeries. The information has to be checked and sometimes translated manually by clinicians when a person’s care moves from one service to another. This is time consuming and can lead to errors in translating and recording prescribing information. Patients may find they are having to repeat their medication information to different clinicians, and for those on several medications this can be confusing and stressful. When this information can be easily transferred between systems, it will lead to safer and better care. In this podcast we talk about the real benefits this will bring, and how it will impact both clinicians and patients.
We’re joined by Ann Slee, Associate CCIO, Medicines at NHS England and Dr Afzal Chaudhry, CMIO at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who will be putting the guidance into action.

New this month

New member: 

This month we welcome Allied Health Professionals Northern Ireland as our newest member. The organisation works with people across Northern Ireland to help them protect and improve their health and well-being. They represent a wide range of groups including physiotherapists, dieticians and occupational therapists.

LIVE: at the Digital Healthcare Show
This month we exhibited at one of the UK’s leading care events, Digital Healthcare Show. In addition to discussing our latest work with visitors to our stand, PRSB chair Professor Maureen Baker led an afternoon of sessions.
Find out more
You're invited!
Together with techUK, NHS Digital and NHSX we’d like to invite you to a workshop on Monday 15 July, that will support organisations trying to put the digital mediations guidance into action.
The event will take place from 10:30am to 1:30pm.
For more information or to book, head to the Tech UK website.
Back to the classroom! PRSB summer school session confirmed
British Summer has arrived, the rain clouds are brewing and that can only mean one thing - Digital Health’s Summer School is back! Taking place at the University of Leeds from 18-19 July, we’ve been working to support the programme, which will include an interactive session on PRSB’s information standard for shared care records.

Demonstrating why our work is so important and how it can be put into action, we’ve asked clinicians and data experts from across the UK to explain the benefits and challenges of using the standard. The panel will be chaired by Dr Gareth Thomas, senior responsible officer of the Integrating Care Programme, while PRSB CEO Lorraine Foley will be there to present the work we have been doing to create a standard to support shared health and care records.

They will be joined by John Farenden, senior programme lead for Local Health and Care Records at NHSX, David Evans, data sharing and privacy projects lead at NHSX, Dr David Stables, CEO Endeavour Health, Laura Fulcher, citizen representative, Dr Jonty Heaversedge, GP and medical director for primary health and digital transformation, London, NHS England and Dr Rupert Page, CSO & CCIO Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information on the full programme or to attend the event, go to the summer schools website.
#HealthRelationships: Join our new Twitter chat!
Following the success of our April Twitter chat, the PRSB is planning to engage with more patients and carers next month. In July, we’re going to hold a conversation about how digital developments are changing the way that patients interact with their care professionals.

What are the opportunities and challenges? How is it changing your relationships with doctors, nurses and others involved in your care? What do you feel the risks might be?

Taking place on 15 July at 7.30pm we’d like to invite patients, carers and citizens to join in the chat, using the hashtag #HealthRelationships. We’d love to hear your thoughts and we’ll be updating you on the results at the end of next month.  

For more information contact
Want to become a member of The Faculty of Clinical Informatics?
The Faculty of Clinical Informatics is now accepting applications for new associates, members and fellows. Joining the faculty offers access to a supportive professional network, helps build knowledge and skills, and allows shared learning with peers to help advance clinical informatics for the benefit of patients and the public.

“Our membership continues to grow and remains open for individuals who are interested in developing knowledge and skills in clinical informatics to join at any stage of career,” said Dr John Williams FRCGP FFCI, Chair of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. “For those wishing to influence our continuing development now is a very good time to join and share ideas with us.”

Head to the website for further information and detailed guidance on how to apply. The deadline for applications is midnight on 17 July.
PRSB presents workshop at Headingley!
Dozens of health and care professionals from across the Local Health and Care Record Programme met at Headingley Stadium, home of Yorkshire cricket, earlier this month to hear about PRSB’s new core information standard.

Some 30 people from LHCRs across England attended the workshop to learn about the standard and discuss the opportunities and challenges of using it in their shared care records. Feedback on the new standard was positive and representatives from the LHCRs explained that they were keen to start looking at how they will adopt it locally.

People heard from new NHSX CEO Matthew Gould, about how important the LHCR work is to removing barriers to vital information sharing between health and care organisations and he described his own personal experience of the challenges this can present. Dr Simon Eccles, Deputy CEO of NHSX, spoke about its strategy for speeding up adoption and digital health and care.

New participants in the LHCR programme talked about how they were mobilising in their areas and National Voices spoke about the importance of engaging patients at each step as LHCRs move forward.

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