The GP Workload Collection will build on the existing Patient Online Management Information (POMI) data collection, which has been in place for a number of years. The existing POMI data collection is facilitated by the 4 principal general practice system suppliers providing management information (in the form of non-identifiable data) to NHS Digital on a monthly basis.
NHS Digital are expanding the existing POMI data collection to form this GP Workload Collection This will result in NHS Digital collecting an increased amount of data from general practices specifically around appointments. This GP Workload Collection will comprise the collection of the following:
- appointments - demographics, status and dates to calculate the TNA (Third Next Available Appointment)
- electronic Prescriptions - orders and repeats
- functionality of GP systems - access for patients to their medical records and test results
This GP Workload Collection will still be facilitated in the same way as the existing POMI data collection. The four principal general practice system suppliers will provide non-identifiable data to NHS Digital on a monthly basis.
This data collection will enable the NHS to better articulate general practice workload, understand appointment activity and utilisation and demonstrate the use of general practice across the month.
The information will be published via NHS Digital's website following validation of the data and consultation with the GP professional groups.