Local Health and Care Records (LHCRs)

Local Health and Care Records (LHCRs)

NHS England previously announced areas chosen to become Local Health and Care Record Exemplar (LCHREs) project areas. LHCREs are a group of organisations working in collaboration to create a safe, secure and trusted information-sharing environment. These partnerships received funding to put in place an electronic shared local health and care record which makes relevant patient records available more quickly to those involved in that patient’s care and support.

PSNC is supportive of Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) and local pharmacy contractors supporting community pharmacy involvement and ability to access and record into LHCRs so that pharmacy team members can access or record information at the right time to better support patient care.

LHCRs could provide an additional back-up for Summary Care Records (SCRs) and also the NHS Long Term Plan had suggested that LHCRs may eventually replace the need for frequent use of the SCR.

LHCR areas

The announced areas:

Local Health and Care Record Exemplar areas may include: Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) areas may include: Community Pharmacy LHCRE champion(s) include:
Yorkshire and the Humber (covering West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Humberside) Community Pharmacy Humber; Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire; and Community Pharmacy North Yorkshire (Being selected)
Thames Valley and Surrey (covering Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey, Wessex) Bucks LPC; Pharmacy Thames Valley; and Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex (Being selected)
Greater Manchester Greater Manchester LPC (Being selected)
Wessex Dorset LPC, Community Pharmacy South Central (Being selected)
One London

South London: Bexley, Bromley & Greenwich LPC; Croydon LPC; Kingston, Richmond & Twickenham LPC; Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham LPC; and Sutton, Merton & Wandsworth LPC.


North London: Barnet Enfield and Haringey; Brent and Harrow LPC; Camden & Islington LPC; City & Hackney LPC; Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow LPC; Hillingdon LPC; Kensington, Westminster & Chelsea LPC; Middlesex Group of LPC; and North-East London LPC

(Being selected)

Digital Health News reported further areas expected to be funded may include: Lancashire and South Cumbria plus Cheshire and Merseyside, the Great North Care Record and the South West. Those areas might be subject to change.

Information for LPCs and pharmacy contractors supporting pharmacy involvement with LHCRs

PSNC encourages organisations that are working on local record sharing initiatives to contact local community pharmacy contractors and Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) to discuss how they may be able to participate in local developments. PSNC has also prepared a PSNC Briefing: Principles for implementing pharmacy access to local EHRs or LHCRs.

Pharmacy contractors or LPC representatives that attend LHCR-related events may wish to familiarise themselves with the briefing above.

LPC chief officers and members, as well as pharmacy contractors supporting pharmacy access to LHCR information may also request to join the Community Pharmacy Digital Local Health and Care Records (LHCRs) sub-group. Please contact PSNC’s IT team with ‘LHCR group’ in the title to ask to join.

LHCR events

(No upcoming events have been reported to PSNC as occurring soon.)

Please contact PSNC’s IT team if there is an upcoming LHCR event that is open to volunteers, and which can be listed here.

LHCRs and standardised records

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) is working with NHS England to support LHCREs. This work aims to standardise the core information that’s shared in a local health and care record so that the information that’s needed by health and care professionals can be available at the right time to better support patient care. PRSB’s view is that it is also important that information can be easily accessed even if a patient is in a different part of the country.

PRSB explain their intention with the development of their standard for a LHCR core dataset.

Frequently asked questions on the topic have been answered on their PRSB LHCR FAQ webpage.

LHCRs and Information governance (IG)

A LHCRE IG steering group has been developing a LHCRE IG framework working document. The steering group includes IG Leads for each LHCRE area. The framework will incorporate comments from others.  The framework is intended to help LHCRs to demonstrate compliance with the law, gain trust from patients and provide consistency of approach and reduce burden for patients and healthcare professionals. PSNC has pressed for the framework to be compatible with the principle that information that’s needed by health and care professionals can be available at the right time to better support patient care.

LPCs, where required, can contact PSNC’s IT team if they become aware of LHCR managers that state to LPCs in writing that IG reasoning is delaying pharmacy access to LHCR information. PSNC can use such email examples during its discussions with the NHSX LHCR team.

LHCRs and system supplier development/integration

In the future, pharmacy system suppliers as well as other clinical system suppliers may be able to display information from LHCRs. Intitially it is expected LHCRs will mainly be used in many sectors via online portal systems.

Further information



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