HSCNI currently uses lots of different systems which cannot easily, or just can’t, communicate with each other. Many of them are old, no longer supported by the supplier and need to be replaced.
This gives us an opportunity, rather than continuing to rely on paper records and replacing outdated technology system by system, to better use the investment needed in ICT to transform the way we care for people in Northern Ireland.
The Encompass Programme is a HSC-wide initiative that will introduce digital integrated care pathways to Northern Ireland. This will mean that everyone involved in care will have secure, consistent access to the right information at the right time in the right place to better inform safer care.
It means that health and care staff won’t have to enter the same information on different systems and in paper records and forms and can make better use of their time.
Led by professionals from across HSC in Northern Ireland who have a wealth of experience in leading the delivery of digitally enabled transformation within and across HSCNI, the Encompass team are supported by communications, legal and procurement specialists.
The Programme is supported by all five of the Health and Social Care Trusts, the Public Health Agency, the Health and Social Care Board and the Department of Health.
Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer, is the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) of the Programme.
In November and December three regional workshops will be held, designed to engage our services in the development of a series of care pathway scenarios that will support the evaluation and selection of the encompass solution.
These events in Craigavon, Derry/Londonderry and Newtownabbey will give staff the opportunity to hear about the Programme’s vision, current status and how they can get involved.
Gary Loughran, Director of Encompass Programme, said Encompass is a significant change management challenge which will require full co-operation and support throughout HSC and between all health and social care organisations to be successful.
“Encompass seeks to better position HSC NI to capitalise on a digitally enabled whole system approach to the delivery of safer, better informed care. It aims to reduce unwarranted variance in care, remove paper notes and enhance integration between primary, secondary and community health and social care professionals,” he said.
Three workshops will be held:
• Wednesday 22 November in Craigavon
• Thursday 7 December in Derry/Londonderry
• Monday 11 December in Newtownabbey
Staff who wish to register for the workshops can contact their Trust lead at http://www.hscboard.hscni.net/encompass/