NHS England has today published guidance for GP practices explaining how better use of anonymised patient information from general practice will help commissioners improve the quality, efficiency, and equity of health care services.
The GP Technical Specification and its associated guidance was developed in partnership with the British Medical Association and Royal College of General Practitioners. The document explains the process of how data from general practice will be collected, anonymised and used to improve patient care.
The initiative is designed to link information from general practice, with information from hospitals and community health care services. This will help the NHS evaluate and improve the quality and safety of the NHS, and enables patients to make more informed choices about the treatments and services they use.
The data will be held in a secure, controlled environment and will be made available to NHS organisations in anonymised form.
The data will be used to support local health and care commissioners by giving them access to timely and accurate information that they can use to plan health services that best fit the needs of their local community.
Implementation will start with a small number of practices to test the process, and GP practices will be written to well in advance of any extract so that they can raise awareness with patients about the new service.
For further information, please contact NHS England at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07768 901293
- NHS England, the BMA and the RCGP have worked collaboratively to produce guidance and FAQs to support this process.