View our live collections timetable to find out about current collection schedules.
Service information - find out what information we collect, along with GP payments for services.
To support the response to the coronavirus outbreak, NHS Digital has been legally directed to collect and analyse healthcare information about patients, including from their GP record, for the duration of the coronavirus emergency period. See GPES data for pandemic planning and research (COVID-19) for more information.
For information about the development of GPES, see our Independent Advisory Group (IAG) documents.
We have now stopped taking requests for GP data collections for this financial year.
We started taking applications for 2019/20 data collections from July 2018.
Improvement to capacity from April 2019 means we can now run more extracts next financial year.
We will still prioritise applications based on their benefits to make best use of this increased capacity.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
GPES can collect 2 different types of information:
PID data is only used when information is permitted by law or supports direct benefits to patient care. Find out more about how we look after health and care information.
We gather information and data, which is copied in to our systems. Data is collected automatically over a specified period of time - this is known as an extract. We normally use the following process:
Some GP information needs to be inputted by hand into CQRS, including some Enhanced Services. This is either because the service hasn't yet been set up for automated collection, or the organisation requesting the information hasn't chosen this method.
Once entered, manually collected information is processed and displayed in CQRS in the same way as automatically collected data. We advise GPs in advance if a service needs to be manually inputted and we provide CQRS user guides explaining this process.
Requests for information are assessed by our information governance system for risks and benefits and to determine whether they are in the public interest. From May 2012 to June 2015, applications for data extracts to GPES were assessed by the Independent Advisory Group (IAG).
The old IAG documents are available on The National Archives.
Have a question about GPES?
Find out about the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) Domain Message Specification.