Statement of intent for the Boulevard Medical Practice
New contractual requirements came into force from 1 April 2014 requiring that GP practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments:
- Summary Care Record (SCR)
- GP to GP Record Transfers
- Patient Online Access to Their GP Record
- Data for commissioning and other secondary care purposes
Please find below details of our stance with regards to these developments.
Summary Care Record (SCR)
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 record.
The Boulevard confirms that your SCR is automatically updated on at least a daily basis to ensure that your information is as up to date as it can possibly be. This system is operated centrally by NHS England.
GP to GP Record Transfers
NHS England require 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 several weeks to reach your new surgery.
With GP to GP record transfers your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much sooner.
The Boulevard confirms that GP to GP transfers can be done using the GP2GP method.
Patient Online Access to Their GP Record
We currently offer the facility for booking and cancelling appointments and also for ordering your repeat prescriptions on-line. This is done by the SystmOne Online facility and is routinely available to all patients aged 16+.
The Boulevard confirms that access to the Summary Care Record is also now available for patients to view using SystmOne Online. If you do not already have access – please contact reception – you will need to produce ID and complete an application form for access to SCR Online.
We are also allowing patients to request Coded Data access as from 21st March 2016. Any patient who already has or is requesting online access after this date can request coded data access. A separate application form is needed for this level of access and will be subject to GP approval. There is currently a technical issue with the system nationally regarding this access and although the practice will accept applications, granting this access may be delayed until this issue is resolved – this is still unresolved 24/5/16.
This access is expected to be extended to full records in 2017 in line with the NHS Guidance.
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.
At The Boulevard we have specific arrangements in place to allow patients to “opt out” of care.data which allows for the removal of data from the practice. The Boulevard 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. For more information please visit: www.hscic.gov.uk .
24 March 2016