As a result of the Trust’s recent acquisitions, the number of IT systems and digital platforms in use across the organisation has increased significantly, with some duplication. This has created an IT environment that is extremely complex to maintain and support, and in some cases has caused difficulty in accessing information in a timely manner and sharing information between services. 

A significant programme of work is well underway to harmonise the clinical systems in use across the Trust, with plans to consolidate, where there are multiple versions of the same system in use.

Next steps

Following the Rio EPR system merge, the move of our Walk-In Centres onto the same EMIS Web EPR system, and the merge of Improving Access to Psychological Therapy Services (iaptus) system, we continue to work towards our plan for the merge of our Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration (EPMA) system, with an indicative timescale of Q4 2023/24.

Our focus will be working with our clinical services to further optimise the use of these systems in order to ensure they deliver the greatest benefit. 

Merging the separate instances of these systems will deliver multiple benefits but most importantly will support our strive for perfect care by enabling better clinical decision-making and improved patient safety through access to a broader and combined set of records – delivering single systems for the population we serve.  

Quick links

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Informatics Merseyside colleagues can use this button to open the Learning Management System (LMS)