GP2GP in England

Introduction

GP2GP enables the electronic transfer of computerised patient notes from a patient's previous practice to a new practice, when they register for primary health care, see GP2GP England Overview for details.

The main benefits of GP2GP are:

  • Improved Quality and Continuity of Care:
    • Full patient electronic health record available for the patient's first appointment, which results in a more focused and informed consultation.
    • Past medical history available and information about medication, allergies, adverse reactions, immunisations and vaccinations.
  • Improved Safety:
    • Fewer transcribing errors and omissions, the need to key in information from paper records is greatly reduced.
    • Allergies and adverse reactions are flagged for review for new patients, resulting in safer prescribing.
  • Clinical Time Saving:
    • The electronic health record contains information such as lab results and letters from specialists, which helps in the clinical decision-making process.
    • This also means there are fewer requests for unnecessary duplicate lab tests.
  • Administrative Time Saving:
    • The need to key information from paper records is greatly reduced. This results in quicker summarisation of new patient records.
    • Attachments received electronically, which results in time saved not having to re-scan items into the patient's electronic health record.
    • Quality and Outcomes Framework information populated immediately when a patient's electronic health record is integrated.

Vision receives and files records coded in both Read and SNOMED CT terms.

Note - You must always use your Smartcard when logging into Vision. This enables you to access Spine services and initiate a GP2GP transfer. If you do not use your Smartcard the Spine is not updated and a GP2GP request is not generated.