The digital version of the Personal Child Health Record, eRedbook, will soon become available for parents and health professionals in the London region. A number of NHS Trusts will start implementing the eRedbook service before the new year in order to meet their CQUIN objectives, moving towards giving parents a complete record of their child’s health.
The Personal Child Health Record is given to all new parents to manage their child’s health between the age of 0 and 5. eRedbook allows health professionals and parents to enter and share information digitally, and contains practical, personalised information for new parents, including relevant videos from NHS.uk and local information. It is clinically validated by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
These Trusts will become the early adopters of eRedbook in London, with all healthcare providers in London expected to follow so parents in London can access their eRedbook across the city. With approximately 135,000 new babies born in the London area every year, this is an important step towards the national deployment of eRedbook as a digital alternative for the paper Personal Child Health Record, colloquially known as red book.
Kenny Gibson, Head of Early Years, Immunisation and Military Health at NHS England and commissioner of the eRedbook for London, said: “Before 15th December, parents in London will have access to the eRedbook, allowing them to manage their child’s health digitally. As NHS England we’re committed to offering the highest quality and efficiency of healthcare to our citizens. eRedbook supports our aims and will empower citizens to play an active role in their child’s early development.”
Daniel Moulin, Sitekit, said: “This announcement is a major step forward. After three years of co-designing and piloting eRedbook with parents and clinicians in Liverpool, eRedbook received endorsement from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association. So we are delighted now to be able to offer eRedbook to all new parents in London. Implementing eRedbook will help NHS providers meet this year’s CQUIN indicators. We hope this will inspire care providers throughout the UK to offer digital access to personal health records for all citizens.”