Enhanced SCRs could boost care experience, says leading nurse

Having additional information added to summary care records (SCR) could greatly improve the care experience of those with learning disabilities, according to a leading nurse.

Having additional information added to summary care records (SCR) could greatly improve the care experience of people with learning disabilities, according to a leading nurse.

Consultant mental health nurse Crispin Hebron speaking at the
Learning Disabilities Conference in Manchester. Picture: Neil O’Connor

Around 98% of people in the UK have an SCR, an electronic document created from GP records which allows healthcare professionals to access information such as a patient’s name, address, NHS number, medication and any allergies.

However, NHS England adviser and consultant mental health nurse Crispin Hebron said many health professionals are not aware more information can be added to that record, providing patient consent is given.

Sharing information

‘That is a great opportunity for people with a learning disability to overcome the difficulty of sharing information and to make sure that what is important to an individual’s care is known by healthcare staff,’ Mr Hebron told the Learning Disability Practice conference in Manchester on 10 October.

He challenged nurses to make sure their local GP surgeries use SCR to its full benefit.

The extra information that can be added include:

  • Details of learning disability.
  • Details of associated physical and sensory disability.
  • Communication needs.
  • Contact details for carers and next of kin.
  • Details of the annual health check or health action plan.
  • Key workers and care services involved in care.
  • Details of lasting power of attorney.

Flagging system

Mr Hebron also announced NHS England’s development of a flagging system on SCRs.

This will alert all staff involved in the care for a person that they have a learning disability and may need adjustments or additional help.

The aim is to reduce avoidable deaths, which remains high for those with learning disabilities.

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