GP Connect allows authorised clinical staff to share and view GP practice clinical information and data between IT systems, quickly and efficiently. It makes patient information available to all appropriate clinicians when and where they need it, to support direct patients care, leading to improvements in both care and outcomes.
Following a successful roll out for services such as NHS 111 and hospital trusts we’ve been working to extend the use of GP Connect: Access Record into other care settings. The first care setting will be Adult Social Care.
We’ve been working with working with leading social care systems suppliers on the integration of GP Connect. Following extensive technical testing and approvals we’re delighted to see GP Connect available to clinicians in around 2000 care homes who can now access a patient’s full GP record.
After consultations with the Information Commissioners Office and the National Data Guardian, agreement has been granted for non-clinical social care staff to have access to limited information for care purposes only via GP Connect. A trial cohort of 400 Care Quality Commission registered professionals is planned to look further at the implications of this development.
Work continues with colleagues and professional bodies in Community, Optometry and Dental settings to understand user needs to agree the scope and scale of record access appropriate in these settings.