encompass update: October 23

20th October 2023

What is encompass?
• encompass will allow Health and Social Care NI (HSCNI) to provide patients and service users with the safest, highest quality of care that is possible.
• encompass is an HSCNI wide initiative which will introduce a new nationwide integrated care record for every citizen in Northern Ireland.
• An electronic health care record (EHCR), electronic patient record (EPR) or electronic health record (EHR) is a single, digital record for each person which records all their health and social care needs from the date encompass is implemented.
• General practice and Primary Care are currently not within the scope of the encompass programme. GPs however will have access to encompass via EpicCare Link. EpicCare Link is an online read-only view of a person’s electronic health record. Primary Care and Non-Trust clinicians can view patient records, place referrals and radiology orders.
• encompass is the programme. Epic is the system. The electronic record system is provided by Epic, a proven technology used globally. Epic is considered a global leader in this field.
• The programme is led by Senior Responsible Officer, Dr Dermot Hughes. Dr Raied Abdul-Karim is the Programme Director.
• The encompass team is comprised of staff from across many HSCNI disciplines. The regional team is working closely with Trust colleagues to implement encompass on a Trust by Trust basis. HSCNI staff have partnered with Epic’s expertise to build encompass as a new system unique to NI.

When is encompass being rolled out?
• South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (SET) will be the first Trust to Go-Live with the roll out of encompass scheduled for November 9th 2023.
• Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) is scheduled for the Spring of 2024.
• All Trusts are scheduled to be live by mid-2025.

Why are we doing this?
• Northern Ireland currently uses lots of different systems which cannot easily, communicate with each other. Many of these systems are old and require replacement. Rather than continuing to rely on paper records and replacing technology on a system-by-system basis, we are implementing encompass, in order to have one single patient record and to rebuild the way we care for people.
• This clinical transformation for care providers, patients and service users make Health & Social Care in Northern Ireland more sustainable in the future. It will create an effective, safe and world class experience for our patients, service users and staff.

Where can I find out more information?
• Please visit the encompass website
• You can view encompass related videos on the DHCNI YouTube channel
• You can also watch this short animation
• View FAQs here