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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 icon organisations allowed to use GPSoC [111.52KB] can choose systems that best suit their needs from a range of four principal system suppliers. These are TPP SystmOne, EMIS Web, InPS Vision and Microtest Evolution.

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).

Services available

GPSoC is split into 3 different sections or Lots. Each Lot provides different types of service.

Connecting GP IT systems

GPSoC is working to enable different IT systems to share data and work together, through two models. 

Pairing integration is when GP principal systems connect individually with 3rd-party suppliers, to add extra functionality to enhance their existing services.

GP Connect is being developed to allow GP principal systems to connect simultaneously to multiple care settings, through a single platform.

Request changes to GP IT

Request new functional requirements and changes to existing GP clinical systems and subsidiary modules used in primary care. You might know of this as the Requirements and Validation Engagement process (RAVE). 

SNOMED CT implementation in primary care

SNOMED CT is a structured clinical vocabulary, for use in an electronic health record. It must be adopted by all GP systems used by general practice service providers. It must be used in place of the Read codes (Read v2 and CTV3) before 1 April 2018.

GPSoC is supporting suppliers and associated organisations in England with the implementation of SNOMED CT in primary care, by providing guidance and a range of resources.

New GP IT delivery model

The current GPSoC contract ends in December 2018. A new GP IT delivery model is being designed that includes commercial, technical and operating arrangements.

We are talking to a wide range of users, stakeholders and suppliers, to help develop this future model. For more information or to be involved, please contact gpitfutures@nhs.net.

More information

ICO issues statement regarding use of TPP SystmOne

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued a statement in relation to recent concerns about the sharing of patient medical records held by GPs on TPP SystmOne, for the purposes of direct care.

GPSoC Roadmap

We want to tell commissioners and users what GP IT services will be available, to help them make informed spending decisions.

Supplier requirements and performance reporting

Our services consistently meet a set of contracted service levels, including service availability, system responsiveness, answering user calls within defined timescales and fault resolution targets.

GPSoC services

GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) is split into 3 sections - Lot 1, Lot 2 and Lot 3 - each providing different IT products and services.

Pairing integration

'Pairing integration' is the process that allows any supplier to integrate their system with any principal clinical system through an interface mechanism.

Request changes to national GP IT systems

Users of GP principal clinical systems and subsidiary modules in primary care can request changes and new functions. You might know of this as the Requirement and Validation Engagement Process (RAVE).

GP Connect

GP practice and clinical staff will be able to share and view authorised information and data between IT systems, quickly and efficiently.

GPSoC agreements

The three GPSoC Lots are bound by the terms and conditions of tailored framework agreements.

Organisations allowed to use GPSoC

To use GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) framework agreements, organisations must fit into the list of public sector bodies set out in the original GPSoC OJEU notice.

Have a question? Call us on 0300 303 5678 or contact enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

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