Leeds to trial resident care platform

Written by Anthony Strzalek

The city of Leeds is piloting an open platform Person Held Record (PHR) for local people in an effort to help residents better manage and control their own care and wellbeing and help to prevent further health issues.

The PHR programme, which will be led by Leeds City Council in partnership with NHS organisations across the city, has been launched following extensive engagement with individuals, care professionals and stakeholders in order to understand their needs and aspirations.

The technology will be built on an open source platform for the health and care sector, developed in Leeds by the Ripple Foundation.

Phase one of the programme will see people register, verify their identity and log into their PHR. It will let people contribute and update information about themselves. It will also integrate with the Leeds Care Record that is widely used by care professionals across the city.

Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, chair of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “Leeds is the second largest city in the UK outside London, with a diverse population of over 770,000 people. We need to nurture a health and care system where people have more conversations and opportunities to help unlock the best solutions for them. The Person Held Record programme is a key enabler of this work.”

Dr Jason Broch, GP partner at Oakwood Lane Medical Practice and chair of the Leeds Informatics Board, added: “Patients need to access their record to allow them to understand their health and wellbeing better and input their own information to take a more active role. It is the missing piece of the jigsaw towards truly integrated care. In Leeds we believe a Person Held Record will be central to this change.”