DCCR March briefing update 2022

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The Devon and Cornwall Care Record (DCCR) brings together patient data from a wide range of clinical systems and presents it as a single summary view Authorised health and care staff can see information held by other providers across Devon and Cornwall’s health and social care systems.

Each month we will provide an update for everyone interested in how the programme is developing and showcase best practice in improving access to patient data. We have been working with other health and social care organisations across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Organisations will be involved in the new system in one of two ways:

  • The first type are providers and consumers of information. Organisations, who will provide and view data in the system.
  • The second type are consumers of information. Organisations who will benefit from viewing data but will not, at first, provide data themselves.

This work has been helping us to ensure that all the relevant organisations know about the programme and have the opportunity to find out more, consider the benefits for their own organisations and to build into their future plans.

As the Devon and Cornwall Care Record programme progresses more organisations will become involved and we will publish the detail of these organisations on our website Participating organisations | Devon and Cornwall Care Record.

Primary care engagement

We have been connecting with GP practices who will be able to connect to the system via something called the Medical Interoperability Gateway (MIG) which is provided by Healthcare Gateway. Most GP practices in Devon already have a link to the MIG, which we are refining to link into the DCCR.

We have already attended a few GP Practice Manager events and we held a webinar earlier in the year in order to allow GP practices to understand more about the system and what they need to do to engage with the programme.

There are three additional webinars to help GP practices understand more about the DCCR and what they need to do, and these will be held at the following times:

  1. 29th March 2022 at 13:00
  2. 5th April 2022 at 13:00
  3. 6th April 2022 at 11:00

To attend one of these webinars, please email the team at:
d-ccg.devonandcornwallcarerecord.pmo@nhs.net with your preferred webinar date and the name and email address of those who will be attending.

We will also be attending regular GP forums. If any practice, PCN or forum would like us to attend an event please contact us via the e-mail address above.

Data Sharing Agreement

In order to participate in the programme all stakeholder organisations will be required to sign a data sharing agreement that is specifically related to the DCCR. We will send this to organisations via an electronic document system called DocuSign.

We are in the process of contacting organisations to progress this, and we would like to thank those organisations that have already signed up. If you have not yet seen this, please contact us via the email below.

Technical development

This month we have been continuing to develop the system in order to ensure that it can be safely implemented across some areas by early May.

We have established connections to clinical systems from provider organisations and we are now in a period of testing to ensure that the system can be effectively supported and used by organisations after its initial launch.

So far in addition to connecting the MIG in readiness for GP practice engagement we have been establishing connections with:

  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
  • Livewell Southwest CIC
  • Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Clinical engagement

Clinical engagement in the development of the Devon and Cornwall Care Record is vital. During February we set up a steering group of professional and clinical representatives to support the programme moving forward with clinical safety and priorities.

This group is being chaired by John McCormick, Clinical lead and Sandra Calver, Clinical Safety lead. This group will meet monthly.


There is an operational support team, hosted by Cornwall IT services. This team is continuing to develop policies and procedures to support the workforce who will use the DCCR.

Looking forward

Our focus over the next month is continuing to work with GP practices and other stakeholder organisations to increase the number of data sharing agreements in place. This will enable the wider health and care community to benefit fully from accessing information to provide better care for patients.

Extensive testing will continue behind the scenes and when we bring an organisation on board we need to test the system to make sure it works in the correct way. Essentially to make sure that the patient information displays correctly for the authorised clinicians and healthcare workers who will access the record.

Keeping you involved and informed

We’ll be sharing regular updates with key networks through their meetings and bulletins and all essential information will be available on the programme’s dedicated website www.devonandcornwallcarerecord.nhs.uk.

However, if you’d like us to attend one of your regular meetings (for example, a primary care meeting) to provide more details or updates about the programme, please get in touch.

We’ll also be organising bespoke workshops to involve you in aspects of the programme as it develops and engaging the public through Healthwatch and established citizen engagement forums.

Spread the word and get in touch

Please forward this email to any colleagues who might be interested in knowing more about the Devon and Cornwall Care Record.

And if you have any questions about the programme or would like to find out more, please email the team at d-ccg.devonandcornwallcarerecord.pmo@nhs.net.

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