New contractual requirements came into force from 1st April 2014 requiring that GP practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments:-
1. Summary Care Record (SCR)
2. GP to GP Record Transfers
3. Patient Online Access to Their GP Record
Please find below details of the practice stance with regards to these developments:-
1. Summary Care Record
NHS England require practices to enable successful automated uploads of any changes to patient’s summary information, at least on a daily basis, to the summary care record (SCR) or have published plans in place to achieve this by 31st of March 2015.
Having your Summary Care Record (SCR) available will help anyone treating you without your full medical record. They will have access to information about any medication you may be taking and any drugs that you have a recorded allergy or sensitivity to.
Of course if you do not want your medical records to be available in this way then you will need to let us know so that we can update your records. Further information, including opt out forms, is available from http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/scr
Cassio Surgery is currently working towards an implementation date and will let patients know as soon as it has been confirmed.
2. GP to GP Record Transfers
NHS England requires practices to utilise the GP2GP facility for the transfer of patient records between practices, when a patient registers or de-registers (not for temporary registration).
It is very important that you are registered with a doctor at all times. If you leave your GP and register with a new GP, your medical records will be removed from your previous doctor and forwarded on to your new GP via NHS England. It can take your paper records up to two weeks to reach your new surgery.
With GP to GP record transfers your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much sooner.
Cassio Surgery confirms that GP to GP transfers are already active and we send and receive patient records via this system.
3. Patient online access to their medical records
NHS England require practices to promote and offer the facility to enable patients online access to appointments, prescriptions, allergies and adverse reactions or have published plans in place to achieve this by 31st of March 2015. This is available at Cassio Surgery, please ask reception for further details or how to register.
Further detail that includes coded information in your records will be available from the 1st April 2016. Please look out for further information on noticeboard, the newsletter and on the website.
4. Data for commissioning and other secondary care purposes
It is already a requirement of the Health and Social Care Act that practices must meet the reasonable data requirements of commissioners and other health and social care organisations through appropriate and safe data sharing for secondary uses, as specified in the technical specification for care data.
Of course if you do not want your medical records to be available in this way then you will need to let us know so that we can update your records. Further information about this service can be viewed here http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/cd-leaflet-01-14.pdf.
Cassio Surgery confirms these arrangements are in place and that we undertake annual training and audits to ensure that all our data is handled correctly and safely via the Information Governance Toolkit.