April 02, 2024

BSSNG ICB ReSPECT form is now available across England via NRL

Since early 2022, the Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) area has been at the forefront of digital healthcare innovation, implementing a digital Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) form in collaboration with Black Pear Software.

This form, which can be efficiently created, updated, and shared across the BNSSG Integrated Care Board (ICB) region, marks a significant step forward in patient care coordination. Over 8,500 digital forms are now successfully integrated with local GP practices, hospices, acute trusts, NHS 111, and out-of-hours (OOH) services. The National Record Locator (NRL) system further boosts accessibility by offering an index of pointers to the latest ReSPECT documents. This allows clinicians, healthcare workers, and their administrative teams to seamlessly access crucial information regarding patient wishes and preferences for care delivery, irrespective of their location within the NHS and approved social care settings.

For patients in BNSSG, this development means that in emergencies requiring ambulance services, paramedics can instantly access their ReSPECT forms via tablets, control centres, or clinical hubs to provide tailored patient care. This advancement is particularly beneficial for the South West Ambulance Service (SWAST), which serves a large area that includes seven Integrated Care Services, ensuring that patient care preferences are respected and implemented effectively

Dr Andrew Appleton- BSSNG ReSPECT form lead, GP and Digital Health Consultant

For the last 2 years we have been working with Black Pear to develop an electronic shared end of life care plan that is viewable by all clinicians in our health and care community. Our aim is that it integrates into the systems clinicians use routinely and can be updated by any suitably qualified practitioner, ensuring that our patients receive care in their preferred place. We have so far achieved integrations into Connecting Care (our local shared care record), primary care, community, and hospice clinical systems, and into Adastra used by 111 and OOH. The integration into the NRL is another major step forwards, giving paramedics access at the point they are providing care.

Our initial evaluation is already showing a reduction in inappropriate admissions and more patients receiving care in their preferred location.

Dr David Jehring- Black Pear CEO

We are delighted to announce the successful integration of the NRL into the already comprehensive BSSNG service. This milestone marks a significant step forward, and we are confident that it will positively impact both patients and paramedics alike. Already, within the first week, we have observed ReSPECT forms being accessed multiple times a day, underscoring the immediate value of this collaboration.

Moving forward, we eagerly anticipate gaining invaluable insights from SWAST regarding the benefits of this service in the months ahead. Together, we remain committed to enhancing patient care and improving emergency response strategies.

Black Pear Software Driving Integrated Care

BSSNG ICB ReSPECT form is now available across England via NRL

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