Great North Care Record

The Great North Care Record programme is a new way of sharing medical information across the NENC region which is accessed by authorised health and social care practitioners.

The AHSN NENC is proud to support the Great North Care Record as a means of improving provision of care through better availability of data and supporting research through creation of a consent-rich environment.

The AHSN NENC has brought together the public, the clinical practitioners and the IT experts to develop and implement the concept of a Great North Care Record, brokering, sponsoring and funding activity across the region that has allowed this most exciting of initiatives to flourish.

“Some patients can be confused when they arrive in our department. I can access their vital medical information which means I know for certain what medication they take, and if they are allergic to any drugs.”

Dr Phil Stamp, Emergency Consultant, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Sharing of patient records to support direct care is being extended. This is by using new technology which allows health and care staff to access more data about the people they care from different organisations. Use of the Great North Care Record is being extended to connect adult social care meaning that for the people living in the North East and North Cumbria – health and social care is connected.

The programme is exploring how to offer ways of interacting with NHS services using digital technology so they can manage their own care. It is also looking at how better information sharing can support service planning and commissioning of services. It is also looking to open up access to healthcare data for researchers, making the region one of the most attractive places to do research.


“We want to make the region the best place in the world to do research and receive care. By sharing information and putting the public in control over how their data is used – we can make this dream a reality.”

Professor Joe McDonald, Director, Connected Health Cities North East and North Cumbria

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