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Plans for GP2GP to fully replace paper record transfers

Regulation changes coming in this month could end the requirement to send on a physical record after a patient has moved surgeries, NHS England has said.

NHS England’s senior responsible officer for the digital transformation of general practice programme, Alan McDermott, has said that a recent upgrade of the GP2GP electronic record transfer system, which allows it to handle much larger files sizes and attachments, would be the end of the practise of sending Lloyd George envelopes around the country.

Speaking at the Best Practice conference in Birmingham earlier this week, he told delegates: ’There’s been a major new enhancement of that GP2GP system that went into operation earlier this year, across Emis and TPP, which allows, pretty much, the full record to transfer, and ought to allow us to entirely remove the need to transfer documentation manually between practices.

’The regulations around this are changing this month… to allow practices that are making full use of their GP2GP functionality, to not have to send patient records manually, hard copy when patients transfer between practices.’

Practices have had months of disruption to records movement after NHS England outsourced the contract to for primary care support services to Capita.

Pulse has revealed practices have been left with stockpiles of records and in some cases being reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office for not having a record which was lost in the system.

The root of the problem was a significant underestimation of the demand when NHS England tendered the contract, and the fact that Capita has not yet been able to launch its new national barcoding system for record transfers.

Readers' comments (5)

  • Is this GP 2 GP
    NHS 2 Private

    Its all is part of Jezzas plan to digitalise patients data so it can be sold to private organisations.....

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  • Still need paper records even if send whole lot electronically....just means doesnt need printing and sending....significant amount of records isnt in electronic format

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  • Alleluia. Only 20 years late.

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  • GP2GP is not working. More than half the records do not come through online when a patient registers. There's need to first bring the existing service to a scratch before even thinking of moving on to complete reliance on technology.

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  • There seems to be an assumption in NHS England that *all* GP practices keep all their records electronically *and* have invested a lot of time transferring entire records from paper to digital, rather than summarising the major - or even QOF-related - problems. including from their own long-standing patients.
    When I was in practice, my excellent summariser found that 16% of incoming GP2GP records, when validated against the paper records, were dangerously incomplete with major diagnoses missing.
    Has any work been done on the quality and completeness of GP EPRs, and who will be liable if the transferred record has major ommissions?
    I can see that Capita/NHSE would save a lot of money if there was no need for the transfer of paper records - but should this be prioritised over safe patient care?

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