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 June 2016 
Bridgend launches WCCIS
The Welsh Community Care Information System is a national IT system to support joined up health and care
Wales' ground-breaking new IT system for health and social care has been switched on by Bridgend County Borough Council.
This was the first implementation of the new Welsh Community Care Information System (WCCIS) system and the start of a process that will pave the way for Wales' other 21 local authorities and seven health boards.
When fully implemented across Wales It will overcome the obstacles posed when organisations use different IT systems by securely storing important information covering a range of issues such as community nursing, health and social care visits, mental health, learning disabilities, substance misuse, complex care needs or social care therapy.
Besides support for the system's procurement, NHS Wales Informatics Service is working with councils and health boards to manage the core infrastructure and to coordinate implementation plans and dates.
WCCIS is made possible through 6.5 million funding from Welsh Government.
Updated Nursing Manual available on E-library
New edition includes 350 clinical procedures
NHS Wales has signed a one year license for the latest edition of the Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures Online.
Clinical nurse experts from one of the UK's leading centres of expertise have brought together the latest clinical evidence nurses need to meet the requirements of their profession. The ninth edition of the manual includes over 350 evidence-based clinical procedures relating to every aspect of care, from hand washing to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  
"I am pleased to see that the [latest edition of the] manual is now available on line via the NHS Wales E-library," says Dr Jean White, Chief Nursing Officer for Wales." This is a useful and informative publication  and I would encourage clinical staff to refer to it in supporting their practice."
In addition to this manual, the NHS Wales E-library for health also provides clinical staff with numerous databases and full text journals which allow healthcare professionals to access the most up-to-date evidence in their subject area.

The NHS Wales Informatics Service has worked with seven Welsh Health Boards, Velindre NHS Trust, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Public Health Wales NHS Trust to arrange access to this valuable resource.
In the new online edition of the manual, it is now possible to customize content at a national or local level.  As a result, a number of health boards have already signed up for workshops to help implement local nursing clinical procedures and customisation features which can help support specific nursing campaigns.
Ewch i'n gwefan am fersiwn iaith Gymraeg o'r cylchlythyr hwn.
IT supporting cancer patients 
Updated data warehouse includes Canisc  
We've expanded our national NHS Wales Data Warehouse to include patient-level cancer information from Canisc, NHS Wales' national cancer system.
The Data Warehouse is an information repository that collects patient demographics, lab results, radiology images, admissions, transfers, and diagnoses - making them easy to share between clinicians.
This work completes the first phase of development of the new national cancer data warehouse, which will support the planning and evaluation of cancer services in Wales, and contribute to improved public health intelligence in the area of cancer.
Informatics in Words
Game changer  
"As well as allowing social care, community health and mental health professionals to access information, when needed to support people, across organisational boundaries, [the WCCIS] is going to be especially useful in supporting emergency and out-of-hours services. It's a game changer for health and social care, and it is set to benefit the whole of Wales."
Councillor Huw David, Deputy Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council speaking about the new Welsh Community Care Information System (WCCIS) being implemented in Bridgend County
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