Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership’s digital transformation team has launched a public awareness campaign to help local people understand the benefits of the new Northamptonshire Care Record (NCR).

The campaign includes ongoing social media activity across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and is taking place in tandem with continuing technical work to help our county’s health and care organisations get ready to use the NCR.

The NCR is regarded as a big step forward to modernise the way county health and care professionals can access and share their patient and citizen records – in a move that should lead to better care experiences for everyone in the county.

Historically, sharing complete, accurate and up-to-date information about patient care between
partners has been challenging.

The NCR will change this by joining up health and care records digitally across our county’s organisations so that all professionals directly involved in a person’s care can instantly access the information they need.

The NCR will be rolled out on a phased basis during early 2021.

Professor Andrew Chilton, Medical Director at Kettering General Hospital and Chair of the Northamptonshire Care Record Programme Board, said: “The importance of the new Northamptonshire Care Record to the way we provide health and care services in our county is not to be underestimated – it’s a huge step forward.

“By modernising the way GPs, hospital specialists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, health visitors and other professionals access patient and citizen records, we’re making it much quicker and easier for people to get the best possible care.

For more details about the NCR visit www.northamptonshirehcp.co.uk/NCR, where you will find information for health and care professionals, information for patients and public, an animated guide to the NCR and frequently asked questions.

Alternatively, please contact project lead Kirstie Watson by emailing kirstie.watson1@nhs.net, or get in touch with your local IT team.