GP Systems of Choice
GP Systems of Choice is a contractual framework to supply IT systems and services to GP practices and associated organisations in England. It makes sure GPs and practice staff have access to the best technology to support patient care.
How it works
GP practices and NHS organisations [111.52Kb] can choose systems that best suit their needs from a range of suppliers. This means practices get a choice of approved systems and save time by not having to run their own procurement. They benefit from discounts through the central purchase and standardised terms and conditions.
The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) places the order on their behalf, and the government will pay for most of the essential parts (Lot 1), and the CCG or practice will need to pay for any additional features (Lots 2 and 3).
GPSoC is split into 3 different sections or Lots. Each Lot provides different types of service.
Connecting GP IT systems
GPSoC is working to make different IT systems share information and work together through an 'interface mechanism'. Delivery has been split into two parts:
Requesting changes to GP IT
The Requirements and Validation Engagement Process (RAVE) is the way to request new functional requirements and changes to existing GP clinical systems and subsidiary modules used in primary care.
SNOMED CT in primary care
There are currently 3 clinical languages in use across the NHS. We are trying to move to a single clinical language, SNOMED CT, which is used to make sure that electronic patient records are entered in the same way for every patient.
Its scope includes diagnosis, symptoms, allergies and family history. GPSoC is helping to co-ordinate the move from the Read codes to SNOMED CT within primary care GP systems.
Suppliers should see the advance guidance for implementation (National Archives website).
- Register for a webinar on introducing SNOMED CT in general practice.
- Register for a briefing for CCGs on the transition for general practice to SNOMED CT.