New electronic patient record software in Leeds

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is set to become the first NHS mental health provider in the country to adopt CareDirector software for its electronic patient records.

Produced by Dublin-based CareWorks, the software’s flexibility and usability for clinicians will be important in helping the trust work more effectively together, enabling the efficient delivery of services and making a real difference to patients’ lives.

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust plans to introduce CareDirector, which will replace their current electronic patient record system, after a two year preparation period in a ‘one-step approach to minimise disruption and clinical risk.

Claire Kenwood, medical director for the trust, said: “We are really pleased to be able to make this announcement. It represents the end of a long and detailed search to find the right electronic patient record system to meet our ambitions for the future. Colleagues have invested lots of time and energy in looking for the right product. We needed a system which would link into the Leeds Care Record and other systems like electronic prescribing; could offer fully mobile working and offer workflow prompts to help make sure important steps in care processes are met.”

Dr Nick Venters, clinical lead for the project, said: “We’re already looking at our working practices in detail and beginning to scope what we do, how we do it and how we can better align different services. This will help us harness the flexibility of CareDirector to create more effective work and information flows. In turn, this will help us to drive up the quality of the services and care we can deliver.”

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