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GP Connect

GP Connect allows authorised clinical staff to share and view GP practice clinical information and data between IT systems, quickly and efficiently.

The service makes patient medical information available to all appropriate clinicians when and where they need it to support direct patient care, leading to improvements in both care and outcomes.


We're helping primary care organisations share appointments with the CCAS, Extended Access Hubs and NHS 111 to meet targets set out in the GMS contract around direct booking.

97% of GP practices in England can now use:

  • Access Record: HTML which allows clinicians to view a read-only version of the patient’s detailed GP practice record
  • Appointment Management which allows organisations to share and manage their appointments to support joined up patient care

We’re also seeing the benefits of the service in secondary care where access to a patient’s GP records is helping clinicians improve decisions and save time. Find out more about GP Connect progress.

We’re getting ready to deliver the following additional functionality across all GP clinical systems:

  • the capacity to import or download data on a patient’s medicines and allergies with Access Record: Structured
  • Send Document allows systems to automatically send a consultation summary back to the patient’s registered practice in the form of a PDF document, detailing the consultation and actions taken. 

These products 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 is supporting Extended Access Providers, the creation of Primary Care Networks and the Local Health Care Record Exemplar approaches highlighted in the NHS Long Term Plan.

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

The programme team is now looking at how we can extend our current products and introduce additional services to better meet the interoperability needs of health and care organisations. Find out more about our future developments.

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17 December 2020 - Changes to the Emergency codes section in GP Connect Access Record: HTML

Changes to ensure accurate information recording on patients records are being made on GP Connect Access Record: HTML

Earlier this year, to help users of GP Connect Access Record: HTML quickly identify COVID19 related information on a patient record, we introduced an ‘Emergency codes’ section on the Summary view. This ‘Emergency codes’ section brought together coded information relating to COVID19 which would otherwise appear across a number of the views and be interspersed with other records.

Since the introduction of this ‘Emergency codes’ section the NHS has come a long way in fighting COVID19 so new clinical codes are needed to ensure accurate recording of information on patient records. A recent example is the administration of COVID19 vaccinations.

This week, TPP made a change to include the latest set of COVID19 codes in the ‘Emergency codes’ section. These will now appear whenever recorded in the patient’s record. EMIS will be making the same change in the new year with the date to be confirmed.

Vision and Eva Health do not currently display the ‘Emergency codes’ section of the Summary view but for those accessing these systems in the limited FOT capacity the codes will be available in the relevant section of the HTML view.

Users of Access Record: HTML are advised not to rely solely on the ‘Emergency codes’ section, or indeed the Summary view, and should consult all relevant sections of the HTML view when providing care.

There’s no requirement for existing consumers of Access Record HTML to uplift as this is primarily a reference set update and does not require a specification change.

We’d like your help in shaping the future of GP Connect - join our webinars on 2 July and 9 July 2020

The GP Connect programme is looking at how we develop our products. We’ve had feedback that sharing tasks and actions between primary care and other settings would be of benefit – especially in the context of Primary Care Networks and Integrated Care Networks. 

We are hosting two webinars to present our findings and to seek further input to the following questions:

  • How are tasks requested? 
  • What are the problems areas? 

Our objective is to better understand the challenges around how health and care organisations share actions for patient’s health care. 

Webinar 1 - How are tasks and actions shared now? - 2 July 2020 14:00 – 15:00

Our first webinar will share scenarios and personas and how tasks and actions are currently shared between health care settings. We would recommend that if you are planning to join any of these webinars that you start with this one to understand the concepts we will be discussing.

Webinar 2 - A map of challenges and needs in sharing tasks - 9 July 14:00 – 15:00

The second webinar will discuss a map of challenges and user needs in sharing of tasks and actions between various health care settings that interface with primary care.

Register for these webinars.

Help us shape the future of GP Connect

The GP Connect team are in the initial stages of planning and research for the future development of the product and potential creation of new products. To help us to make the very best products to support wider use of GP Connect, we need input from you to help us shape what comes next.

We’re particularly interested in the needs of Primary Care Networks and Integrated Care Services, but we welcome input from a wide group of roles and professionals, so whether you’re delivering care or building systems if you’re interested in using digital tools to improve patient outcomes we have a team waiting to speak to you.

If you would like to get involved in shaping the future of interoperable healthcare, please send us your contact details and a brief summary of your role to

13 May 2020 – supporting the NHS response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

We’ve enabled GP Connect on EMIS and TPP GP clinical systems to meet the operational requirements of the Covid Clinical Assessment Service (CCAS).

GP practices need to configure GP Connect to allow appointment sharing with CCAS so patients suspected of suffering from coronavirus (COVID-19) can be referred to their GP.

We are working with Microtest and Vision to have this functionality available on their GP clinical systems.

Find out what you need to do to get appointment sharing working.


13 February 2020 - HTML 0.7.2 upgrade notice

We have listened to feedback from people using the Access Record: HTML product. As a result, we will be introducing changes to the layout and content of some of the HTML views you’re used to seeing. These focus on the Medications, Problems and Issues, and Summary Views.

As what you see is determined by your system owner, what you see will vary but the changes being made will provide additional information where it was missing and some restructuring of existing data to improve visibility. For example, on Summary View, you told us that having the patient’s last three consultations information visible at the top of the page would be better. So that’s what we’re doing.

You can find out more about the specific changes being made on the Access Record HTML 0.7.2 upgrade page.

Contact details

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

Further information

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    GP Connect case studies

    Discover how GP Connect is helping care organisations to address challenges they face.

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    Getting involved with GP Connect

    We are supporting partnerships of health and care organisations and software suppliers to develop products that can use the data made available by the GP Connect APIs.

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    GP Connect information for patients

    Patient information on changes to who can access your GP record to support health and care in the response to the coronvirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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    GP Connect - future developments

    Discover how GP Connect aims to enhance the services it offers, and how this is predicted to benefit patients, staff and the NHS.

Last edited: 1 February 2021 11:43 am