GPSoC services

Summary

GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) was split into 3 sections - Lot 1, Lot 2 and Lot 3 - each providing different IT products and services. Lot 1 services may be centrally procured and funded by the continuity agreement. Lot 2 and 3 services are no longer available through central procurement, these services may still be procured locally by the CCGs, they as they are locally funded services.

Lot 1 services currently available
This Accredited Services Register also shows future plans.

Lot 1: GP principal clinical systems and subsidiary modules

Lot 1 services are IT systems for general practices, which use a principal clinical system. Some also use add-on tools (sometimes known as 'subsidiary modules').

These services are centrally funded and CCGs place orders on behalf of practices. There may not be enough central funding available for every subsidiary module that the GP practice would like. In these instances, they'd need to be paid for by the CCG or the practice.

Principal clinical system 

This supports daily tasks involved in the clinical care of patients. It supports the management of appointments, documents, prescribing, patient communications and practice workflow. The system also gives access to the Electronic Prescription Service, GP2GP, the NHS e-Referral Service, the Personal Demographics Service and Summary Care Records.

Add-on tools

Some practices choose to use extra tools as well as their principal system. These modules must be assured before they're available on Lot 1.

  • An advanced appointments module could provide additional functions such as online booking, self check-in screens, or waiting room messaging boards
  • A document management module might store and track many types and formats of documents and allow practices to keep a full audit trail
  • A workflow module could allow practices to manage a wide range of jobs and allocate tasks to staff
  • A telehealth module allows information from devices in patients' homes to be sent directly into the GP clinical system and generates follow-up activity if required
  • Clinical decision support tools bring together best-practice evidence and reference data to help clinicians make the best decision at the point of care
  • Data entry forms help to standardise the data entry process
  • Mobile applications allow authorised users to securely access the clinical system when away from the practice
  • Patient-facing services allow patients to use websites and apps to:
    • access their GP clinical record
    • book appointments and request repeat prescriptions
    • or, communicate with the practice