Barnsley CCG wins national award for paperless records

The Medical Interoperability Gateway (MIG) has helped Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group and Barnsley Healthcare Federation CIC to win a national award for improved data sharing.


In July 2017, NHS Barnsley CCG and Barnsley Healthcare Federation won the ‘Management and Culture Project of the Year’ category of the Public Sector Paperless Awards.

They have been using the MIG since early 2016 to share GP records electronically. This has helped to provide clinicians with instant access to patient information and has reduced the need for letters and other paper-based correspondence.

The MIG was initially used by iHeart Barnsley and they coordinated the award submission on behalf of the CCG and CIC. Both organisations played a key role in persuading GPs and end user organisations to invest in the MIG and felt that the awards would provide a good opportunity to showcase this project.

What did they do?

Barnsley CCG have used the MIG to connect different IT systems across the region including EMIS Web, SystmOne and Adastra.

This means that the 33 GPs across the borough can now share patient information with iHeart Barnsley, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Barnsley Hospice.

They have deployed the Detailed Care Record and the Shared Record Viewer to provide primary, secondary and community care staff with access to live patient data 24 hours a day. This has led to more efficient care and a better experience for patients.

How have they benefited from the MIG?

Efficient working

Clinicians can work more efficiently, as they no longer need to contact GP surgeries for patient information.

Secure data sharing

GPs have complete control of how much patient information is shared. The MIG consent model gives explicit consent at the point care and patients can opt-out if they don’t want to share their record.

Improved patient care

The MIG provides clinicians with additional information about a patient. This helps them to make informed decisions faster and benefits the patient, as they don’t need to repeat their medical information to different healthcare staff.

Real-time data

The MIG doesn’t use a data repository, which means clinicians will always have access to most up-to-date information about a patient.

What next?

The CCG is planning to work with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council later this year to share patient data with social care organisations.

Find out more

To arrange an online demonstration or to find out how the MIG is being used in your area, please call 0845 601 2642.