Health and Social Care services in Wolverhampton have been given a boost after the successful integration of a mental health feed into the existing online data sharing system, Fibonacci.

It will help Community Multi Disciplinary Teams, such as district nurses, social workers and community matrons, have access to more information about their patients, meaning they can create a more co-ordinated health plan and improve care for patients.

This project has been a collaborative effort from health and social care partners across Wolverhampton, with representatives from Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, the City of Wolverhampton Council, the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Fibonacci and the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation.

Andrea Smith, Head of Integrated Commissioning from Wolverhampton CCG said, "The enhanced information provides further opportunities for information sharing at points where NHS staff provide direct care. This care will be enhanced by having an integrated view of patient's health, social care and mental health key records meaning patients will not have to keep repeating the same story to different professionals."

Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "This is very welcome news, not just for patients and their families, but also for our dedicated healthcare professionals who will have a much broader range of information about the people in their care."

Darren Pandaal, Head of Operational Delivery, Black Country Partnership Foundation Trust said, "It is exciting to see this new information sharing project that will facilitate better outcomes continues to enable staff to make more informative decisions and help ensure that the patient experience is at the fore of everything we do. 

"Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been involved with the development of this project from an information governance data sharing perspective across all organisations and as a Trust we are looking forward to continuing to work as a team alongside local health and care professional and seeing how the project continues to develop in the coming months."

"City of Wolverhampton Council's Social Care Systems Team have been using Fibonacci for a number of years as it enables only agreed information fields to be drawn from across several systems to produce a snapshot picture of an individual and the services they receive.  As we had the experience we have provided the technical lead to this project with Julie Giles, Social Care Systems Support Officer, writing the individual data queries to enable partner services to work better together for the benefit of the people they are supporting."

  • released: Wednesday 6 June, 2018