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NHS Digital General Practice bulletin CQRS and GP Collections News

10 October 2016

GP Connect launch website


The General Practice Forward View outlines a need for greater investment in the set up of GP practices. NHS Digital established GP Connect to help make collaborative working easier. The aim is to get GP IT systems and systems across other care settings to speak to each other.

We are engaging with the general practice community to show what GP Connect offers, the aims and the roadmap.  To register your interest in attending a webinar or to receive updates on GP Connect please sign up to our mailing list by emailing gpconnect@nhs.net.

During the first phase, GP Connect will focus on three areas; Appointments, Tasks and Access Record. This will provide the opportunity to be more collaborative with:

  • managing appointments to co-ordinate access to care
  • managing tasks to work better across care settings
  • access to a patient’s care record for direct care

Work with the supplier community is progressing well in this space. Further information is available.

Mental Health and Wellbeing in England


We published the ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing in England – Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014’ last week. This survey provides statistics on the prevalence of both treated and untreated psychiatric conditions among adults aged 16 and over, in England.

The results help to understand mental health by examining how common mental health conditions and behaviours are. They also show how they vary by factors such as gender, age, ethnic group and marital status

Key findings include:

One in three adults (37 per cent) aged 16-74, with conditions such as anxiety or depression, surveyed in England, were accessing mental health treatment in 2014.

Around one in six adults (17 per cent) surveyed in England met the criteria for a common mental disorder (CMD) in 2014.

Women were more likely than men to have reported CMD symptoms. One in five women (19 per cent) had reported CMD symptoms, compared with one in eight men (12 per cent).

Download the survey for more information.

CQRS notice, all GP systems:

Seasonal influenza vaccination programme

GP system suppliers (GPSS) and users have provided feedback in connection with the Seasonal Influenza vaccination programme 2016/17 (achievement period 1st September – 30th September).  GP system suppliers believe that as the rules for data collection are complex, it may be time consuming to accurately create local searches needed to enable practices to manually enter data.

In order to reduce workload and minimise impact within GP practices, we are offering one of the following choices, for September data only:

1. Manual entry of data.  GP practices can manually enter their September achievement data in October, if a timely payment is required.  If GP practices choose this option, Regional Local Offices will need to financially approve this data no later than 4th November, to avoid the automated collection re-run overwriting this manually recorded data.

2. Automated collection re-run.  GP practices can wait until November, when a re-run of the September achievement data will be carried out on 4th November.  This data will be available to view in CQRS on 8th November.

Please be aware: your RLO may have already contacted you to provide you with this information, and advised which option your GP practice will take.

For live updates on our collections, please refer to our online collection timetable.

CQRS enhancements: Build 63 now live

Build 63 went live on 5 October and includes two main updates:

1. New reports

a. Annual activity reportWhen this report is run it displays all submitted data and payments for the selected GP practice for that entire financial year.

b. Avoiding unplanned admissions reportThis report displays a one page summary of all the data used by CQRS to calculate the GP practice's achievement for Avoiding Unplanned Admissions Components 2 and 3 2016/17 (including interim months).


2. Offering services for participation now simplified

The underlying process for offering services to GP practices has been simplified within CQRS. This will reduce the risk of issues taking place during the offer process and assist with the implementation of future enhancements. Most of the changes will not be visible to end users.

Find out more about these updates.

NHS e-Referral Service feedback



Thank you for the feedback you provided on the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) in June. We have used your feedback as the basis of a wide reaching research project to investigate your needs in more depth. Since the last survey, we have been conducting interviews with colleagues across the NHS and also observing their referral process in action.

Martyn Wells, a patient from Sheffield contacted NHS Digital this week to let us know what he thought of booking his referral appointment on line at NHS Choices. Mr Wells said: “I have just used the patient referral service at www.nhs.uk/referrals and I would just like to say how easy it was to log in, choose an appointment that is suitable and convenient, and the ease of your system.

We would now like to know your latest thoughts on e-RS and canvass a wider view on the key issues that users have identified during our research. What you tell us will shape the future functionality of e-RS and so your input is very important to us.

The survey is open to commissioners, provider and referral organisation staff and takes about five minutes to complete.

Complete the survey.

GP Collections stakeholder survey


In May 2016 we conducted a short survey amongst GP practice and regional local office staff who use the Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS).

Based on the feedback from the survey, a number of actions were taken which have included a number of system improvements/enhancements. You can read more on this online.

We are constantly looking at ways in which we can improve our services in order to better meet and simplify your needs.  With this in mind we are conducting a survey to understand your current processes and how we can improve a number of elements in your work place.

The survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete and will help us understand the needs of CQRS system users and improve the service in the future. The survey closes on Monday 24th October 2016.

Complete the survey

Using GP2GP to transfer records

Practices using GP2GP Version 2.2a are benefiting from the removal of restrictions on transferring large electronic health records, and from less printing because of the ability to see whether any printing is required for leaving patients. Find out more detail on GP2GP.

Webinar: The Future of NHS Smartcards

Alternatives to NHS Smartcards and how organisations can use the national Care Identity Service (CIS) care worker identity for a range of purposes is the focus of a new webinar.

Organised in conjunction with Digital Health, the webinar will run on Friday 14 October between 12:30-1:30pm and will be presented by Anthony Wilson from the Identity and Access Management team at NHS Digital.

GP practice staff are welcome to join. Details on how to register are available at The Future of NHS Smartcards event page.

NHS Digital at Best Practice conference


Ben Gildersleve, Lead for Technology for GP Transformation, will be delivering a speech on NHS Digital’s vision for general practice at this year's Best Practice conference. Visit us at the stand on 19-20 October at Birmingham NEC for more information on any of the systems and services which will be helping to digitally transform primary care.

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