About Devon Doctors

About Devon Doctors

In 1996 some of the GPs across Devon formed a GP co-operative called Devon Doctors on Call (DDoC). DDoC organised the out-of-hours responsibility of local GPs and out-of-hours sessions among colleagues from the area.

In 2004 a new GP contract passed responsibility for out-of-hours cover to Primary Care Trusts. DDoC became Devon Doctors Ltd, a social enterprise organisation owned by Devon’s GP practices. Devon Doctors Ltd was commissioned by the county’s primary care trusts, NHS Plymouth, NHS Devon and Torbay Care Trust, to provide the out-of-hours service in Devon. It continued to be responsible for the county's out-of-hours provision until 2016 when it won the contract to provide a new Integrated Urgent Care Service (IUCS).

The IUCS, which brings together out-of-hours care and the NHS 111 phone line, sees Devon Doctors as the lead provider for urgent care in Devon, offering 24/7 access to urgent care services.

Strategic plan

Devon Doctors' strategic plan outlines our vision for the organisation's development over the course of the next three years: