Call for GP practice volunteers in the North East

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Posted on the 7th August 2018

A programme of work being funded by Connected Health Cities North East and North Cumbria is looking for GP practices in Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Northumberland to participate in the next stage of their ground-breaking work.

The SILVER research programme has informed the development of an IT solution to link GP mental health data from volunteering practices with social care data. Local Authorities now wish to pilot the newly developed interface.

Leads from five regional local authorities, information governance officers, academics and researchers, IT specialists and local families and key workers are all involved in the programme.

The aim of the SILVER programme is to explore if health and social care data can be shared, to help improve care for vulnerable families.

There are three phases to the project:

  • Phase 1: Qualitative study to examine barriers and facilitators to information sharing
  • Phase 2: Develop SILVER interface to facilitate information sharing
  • Phase 3: Evaluation of the SILVER interface

Phase 1 is now complete. Findings from this stage clearly showed that mental health is a prominent concern for vulnerable families, and for the services which provide them with care. Families were broadly supportive of their information being shared between health and social care, seeing this as helpful in promoting access to appropriate forms of support.

Dr Ruth McGovern who is leading on the programme explains: “We want to encourage more GP practices to sign up to implementation of the SILVER interface. This will give them the opportunity to improve information sharing between the organisations involved in the care of vulnerable families.

“We have come a long way in the programme and by working closely with the families who have consented to having their information shared in this way, we can help agencies involved in their care support them to have better outcomes.”

If you would like to participate in this programme, contact Dr Ruth McGovern, Newcastle University:

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