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GP Connect

GP Connect is a service that will allow GP practices and authorised clinical staff to share and view GP practice clinical information and data between IT systems, quickly and efficiently.

The service will make patient medical information available to clinicians when and where they need it leading to improvements in the care they're able to provide.

The GP Connect programme is supporting the development of products which will enable different systems to communicate so that clinicians in different care settings can:

  • view a patient’s GP practice record with Access Record: HTML
  • manage GP appointments with Appointment Management
  • import or download data on a patient’s medicines and allergies with Access Record: Structured

This will save time for clinicians, and provide better, more convenient care for patients. It will also help meet targets under NHS England’s Improving Access To General Practice programme.

The programme supports Extended Access Providers, will support the creation of Primary Care Networks and the Local Health Care Record Exemplar approaches highlighted in the NHS 10-year plan.

You can see a  GP Connect consumer system demonstrator that shows what GP Connect may look like when integrated with an electronic patient record (EPR) or Trust portal system.

News

30 September 2019 - Full Rollout Approval has been achieved by EMIS for their Appointment Management capability

This follows extensive First of Type testing of the capability.

With this development, GP Connect Appointment Management is now available across the TPP and EMIS estate in England – approximately 95 per cent of the market. This is a significant step in how GP Connect’s support for the Improving Access to GP Practices agenda.  Appointment Management will make it simpler for primary care networks to view and book appointments for patients across the network. It also supports appointment bookings via supporting services such as NHS 111.

2 September 2019 - Integrated Urgent Care Direct Booking Roadshow

The GP Connect team is looking forward to supporting this series of events being organised by NHS England and NHS Improvement. These free sessions are designed to help GP Practices prepare for the direct booking of some GP appointments from NHS 111 which will start to be available from October. The events are listed below and you can read more information on the event webpage.

Direct booking of some urgent GP appointments from NHS 111 will start to become available from October 2019. NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with practices across the country to make sure they are ready for the change, including overcoming the technical issues some practices may face.

Events are taking place in:

21 August 2019 - TPP achieve Full Rollout Approval for their Appointment Management capability

The GP Connect team is pleased to announce that Full Rollout Approval has been achieved with TPP for their Appointment Management capability in support of the GP Connect Programme.

Appointment Management is an important deliverable for GP Connect in support of the Improving Access to GP Practices agenda. Appointment Management will make it simpler for primary care networks to view and book appointments for patients across the network. It also supports appointment bookings via supporting services such as NHS 111.

21 August 2019 - Survey results for prioritisation development of our Access Record: Structured capability

At GP Connect, we recently asked for feedback on how we should prioritise the 12 clinical areas we had identified for the development of our Access Record: Structured capability.

The results of our survey are now in and we are grateful for those of you who participated. We also wanted to share these and to update you on how this has informed our development priorities.

The good news is that Problems, Consultations, Uncategorised Data and Immunisations ranked high in your priorities and we already have a detailed specification for these that we published at the end of June 2019.

Pathology, Documents and Outbound Referrals were also identified as high priority and a specification is due to be published for these by the end of September 2019.

The remaining areas including ‘Flags/Alerts, Appointments, Test Requests, Diary Entry, Demographics, Patient Consent and Incoming referrals’ will be completed, and a specification published by the end of December 2019.

Our decision-making process considered which capabilities would provide maximum clinical benefit as well as your feedback.

Please note:  Meds and Allergies was ranked number one priority. The specification for this has already been published  and build with a number of suppliers is in an advanced state.

Please contact us at gpconnect@nhs.net should you have any questions relating to this.

EMIS achieves full roll-out approval for their Access Record: HTML

EMIS has achieved full roll-out approval for their Access Record: HTML capability as part of the GP Connect programme for their EMIS Web clinical system.

This is another  important step in delivering the government's vision of better supporting clinical care by opening up information and data held within GP Practice IT core systems. More information will follow soon.

TPP becomes the first GP system supplier to achieve full roll-out approval for Access Record: HTML

We are delighted to announce that TPP has become the first GP system supplier to achieve full roll-out approval for Access Record: HTML as part of NHS Digital’s GP Connect programme. The programme ensures that staff across the NHS can access vital information from GP practice records.

This full roll-out approval marks a major step forward for the GP Connect programme and the national interoperability initiative. It will help to deliver better care for patients across care settings and improve coordination between staff working across primary care networks.

GP Connect Access Record: HTML now integrated with Adastra clinical patient management system

GP Connect Access Record: HTML is now integrated with the Adastra clinical patient management system. This means 111 and Integrated Urgent Care (IUC) service providers will be able to view a patient’s up-to-date record held by their own GP and given access to a range of important information about a patient including encounters, allergies, medications, referrals and more.

Find out more about GP Connect Access Record: HTML.

GP Connect APIs

GP Connect has worked with GP clinical system suppliers to develop Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

These APIs make data from clinical systems available in a standard form so that it can be used across different systems and be made available to clinicians who need access to the data for direct patient care.

GP Connect specifications for developers and associated artefacts.

Testing the GP Connect APIs

The GP Connect programme is supporting the development of APIs to access data from General Practice patient records and appointment books for direct patient care.

We are working with both health and care organisations and software suppliers to develop technical solutions to local issues by sharing patient records and appointment booking functionality across system and healthcare setting boundaries.

Progress to date

The intention is that GP Connect capabilities will be available for commission from GP System Suppliers across England subject to successful development, assurance, testing and First of Type (FOT). In the first instance, suppliers, end users and commissioners should contact the programme team to register an interest and discuss their use case in more detail.

The table below provides more information on the status of each of the capabilities the GP Connect Programme will deliver by clinical system. This refers to progress to date on the GP system supplier side 

Provider supplier

Clinical system

Access record: HTML

Appointment management

Access record: Structured

TPP

SystmOne

Full roll-out approved

Full roll-out approved

Development

EMIS

EMIS web

Full roll-out approved Full roll-out approved

Development

Vision

Vision 3

FOT ready 

Development

Development

Microtest

Evolution

FOT ready 

TBC

TBC

Consumer supplier progress

Supplier Access record: HTML​ Appointment management​ Access record: structured​
EMIS Ready Ready -
TPP Ready Ready -
Vision - - -
Microtest Ready In development -
Adastra Ready In hours direct booking
ready​

EA Hubs direct booking
in development
-
IC24 Cleo​ Ready In hours direct booking
in assurance​

EA Hubs direct booking
planned
-
Cleric​ In development In hours direct booking
in development​

EA Hubs direct booking
in development
-
Push Doctor​ In development - In assurance​
InterSystems​ Planned - In assurance​
Lorenzo - - In assurance​
Servelec​ Ready - -
Black Pear In development - -

Getting involved

Find out how to get involved in GP Connect and what you need to know about the project.

GP Connect utilisation

Average response times across all live supplier systems are in line with the published GP Connect service level agreements (SLAs). 

Number of HTML transactions

635,720

Number of GP surgeries HTML enabled

451

This data is correct as at 7 November 2019.

Note: Average response times across all live supplier systems are in line with the published GP Connect Service Level Agreements (SLAs). 

Contact details

Contact the team (opens in a new window) and we will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

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Last edited: 11 November 2019 8:24 am