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Ensure data is fit to share

Most of the £1.30 per patient available to GPs from the new IT directed enhanced service will be to ensure practices' data is fit to be shared on the new NHS Care Record.

GPC negotiators said practices should now prioritise the 'challenging' accreditation pro-cess, as this would ensure they could earn further money for participating in electronic prescription transfer and GP-to-GP records transfer.

GPC chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said: 'These areas will come on stream at various times so in a way it's just to have something ready. Some practices will have more to do, others will have less.'

Much of the £1.30 per patient in the enhanced service will also be made available to practices upfront after April to enable them to carry out the work.

But GPs said the sum was not enough to compensate for the work involved.

Dr Gillian Braunold, clinical lead at Connecting for Health and a GP in north London, said she had wanted double the £1.30 per patient.

Dr Braunold, who negotiated on behalf of Connecting for Health, said: 'People who have written notes just for themselves are in a different ball game now.

'If you have loads of free text you must code it, and you may have to unlearn bad habits.'

Dr Paul Cundy, chair of the GPC's IT subcommittee, said the £1.30 fell far short of what it would cost GPs to do the work expected of them. 'It should really have been double. I spend half an hour per day managing electronic records.'

What to do

  • Submit business plans to PCT on improving data standards and moving to hosted servers
  • Submit evidence showing you have improved data quality, eg data from letters and records is summarised consistently
  • Records examined by Connecting for Health
  • PCTs check data in QOF visits

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