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GP commissioners show how they are focusing on patients’ needs

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6500 (Published 30 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6500
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Doctors and other health and social care professionals in southwest England have integrated patients’ health and social care information in one record that can be accessed by authorised personnel to save patients the trouble of repeating their stories every time they come into contact with a new person delivering their care.

The scheme by three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)—Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire—to integrate patients’ records is just one of 20 examples of how CCGs are working with partners from social care and the voluntary and private sectors described in a new report highlighting the progress that CCGs have made to put patients at the core of their work since they were established 18 months ago.1

Andy Kinnear, director of informatics and business intelligence at South West Commissioning Support Unit, said in the report, “In our …

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