The Department of Health has directed NHS Digital to provide General Practitioners (GPs) and general practices with clinical information on the care provision for their patients. This supports an objective "to improve out-of-hospital care" as set out in the government's NHS mandate for 2017-18.
NHS Digital will collect clinical data for a given set of metrics at the individual GP level and then report this information back to GPs and general practices only.
Each metric will measure how GPs work with their patients, such as the percentage of patients who have received a flu jab during the winter flu season.
This Individual GP Level Data work will effectively be a feasibility study. It will be an assessment of practicality used to test the method of collecting data at the individual GP level and the method of reporting this information back to GPs and general practices in the form of a report.
There will be two data collections in total and GPs and general practices will receive two reports, one for each data collection.
Reporting this information to GPs and general practices is intended to support GPs and general practices in overseeing, reviewing and continuously improving the quality of care that GPs provide for their named patients.
As this work involves NHS Digital collecting personal data, fair processing principles apply. This is why NHS Digital has issued this Privacy Notice.