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Additional information for Digital Leaders - February 2023

15 February 2023 - Cloud Community of Practice, Register with a GP Service improvements, feature, blogs and podcast.

Join our Cloud Community of Practice 

Our Cloud Centre of Excellence team will be launching a new NHS Cloud Community on the FutureNHS platform in March, called the Cloud Community of Practice. 

It’s aimed at NHS organisations who are interested in all aspects of cloud migration and will be an open forum for people to pose questions and present their challenges around cloud migration to peers.  

To pre-register your interest in the Cloud Community please contact us at [email protected].  


Improvements to the Register with a GP surgery service 

Recent improvements to the Register with a GP surgery online service include: 

  • revised alcohol and smoking questions to improve patient information at point of registration 
  • an option for patients to nominate their chosen pharmacy 

We are planning to add more features and integrate the service with the NHS App later this year. See our roadmap for more details. 

The Register with a GP surgery service is now live with almost 600 practices and has shown to reduce the time it takes administrative staff to register new patients by up to 15 minutes per registration. 

GP practices can begin using the service by self-enrolling or by contacting the dedicated support team. Further information can also be found on the resource hub. 


Feature: Electronic prescribing comes of age 

The Electronic Prescription Service has transformed primary care prescribing in England. In her NHS Digital feature, Christine Hague looks back at 18 years of the service and asks what's next. 


Blog: Helping people think straight about alcohol 

In his Design Matters blog, David Evans, content designer for the Register with a GP surgery service, says it’s difficult to get accurate answers about people’s smoking and alcohol consumption – and explains what the team is doing to improve the way people assess their intake. 


Blog: Shaping the future of technology in general practice 

Dan Wintercross explains the benefits of getting involved with the early adopter programme, which is giving GP practices the opportunity to shape the future of digital, data and technology in primary care. Read his Digital Transformation blog


Podcast: Plans to transform the digital workforce

Listen to the second podcast in the series from the NHS England digital workforce team. A panel of clinical and digital leaders discuss their understanding of the digital workforce across heath and care, and look at why clinicians are fundamental to the success of digital transformation. 

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