Health Secretary sees how digital revolution is helping keep patients out of hospital in Leeds

The Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock MP, visited Leeds over Thursday (18 October) and Friday (19 October). As part of his visit he looked at how cutting edge digital technology is being used in GP practices and care teams across Leeds to help keep patients out of hospital.

Dr Alistair Walling, Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock MP, Dylan Roberts, Tom Riordan talking to each other

Dr Alistair Walling, Clinical Chief Information Officer, for the City’s Health and Care system as a whole said: “It was great to show the Secretary of State how GP practices are using digital technology to keep their patients out of hospital, which involves partnership work across the health and social care system in Leeds.”

“We talked about RAIDR, which is an analytical system available to all GPs across the city that enables us to analyse detailed information both from the GP and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. There was a discussion around tele-dermatology, an exciting new development where a GP practice takes a high quality image of a skin lesion and securely sends it to a specialist at the Trust for review. This helps to reduce the number of patients that will need to attend outpatient clinics.

“There was an opportunity to talk about our upcoming plans which looked at our Person Held Record, known as Helm. This will allow individuals to access information about themselves from their GP and it will also allow them to share their information with the Leeds Care Record.

Dylan Roberts, Chief Digital and Information Officer for the City, said: “This was a great opportunity to put Leeds in the spotlight for innovative HealthTech. We were able to demonstrate all the work that’s being undertaken to benefit people with particular emphasis on self care and prevention. Using digital technology in a joined up way to improve health and care is at the forefront for the all of the City partners across Health and Care.

“In Leeds we have a City First Approach where the City Digital Partnerships Team is responsible for commissioning and delivering all projects that relate to integrated care and the whole system. We also have Richard Corbridge who is the hospital trust’s Chief Digital and Information Officer, is transforming the hospital’s technology and digital way and a fundamental partner to our overall City’s success.”


Notes to editors


For further information about RAIDR, please visit


Watch the following YouTube clip about tele-dermatology across all GP practices in Leeds

Person Held Record

For further information about Person Held Record, please visit

Leeds Care Record

Leeds Care Record is a joined-up digital care record which enables clinical and care staff to view real-time health and care information across care providers and between different systems. It is a secure computer system that brings together certain important information about patients who have used services provided by their GP, at a local hospital, community healthcare, social services or mental health teams.

For further information about Leeds Care Record, visit

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