Statement of Intent

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

The same contractual obligations require that we have a statement of intent regarding these developments in place and publicised by 30 September 2014.

Please find below details of the Practice’s statement with regards to these points.

Summary Care Record (SCR)

NHS England require Practices to enable successful automated uploads of any changes to patient summary information, at least on a daily basis, to the Summary Care Record (SCR) or have published plans in place to achieve this by 31 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.

Goring & Woodcote Medical Practice enables update and release of its patient Summary Care Records.

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 a while for your paper records to reach your new surgery.

With GP to GP record transfers your electronic record is transferred to your new Practice much sooner.

The Goring & Woodcote Medical Practice confirm that GP to GP transfers are already active and we send and receive patient records via this system.

Patient Online Access to Their GP Record

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 have achieved this by 31 March 2015.
We currently offer the facility for booking and cancelling appointments and also for ordering your repeat prescriptions on-line. This is done by the EMIS Online facility. If you do not already have a user name and password for this system – please register for them at the Practice.
Goring & Woodcote Medical Practice now enable patient online access to medications, immunisations, allergies and adverse reactions from the medical record. You will be required to provide photographic ID before this access is enabled.
The Practice is also now required to have a plan in place to enable individual patient access (16 years and over) to their medical record by the 31 March 2016. Please contact the Practice for further details.

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.

We have specific arrangements in place to allow patients to “opt out” of which allows for the future removal of data from the Practice. Please ask at reception for more details.

The Goring & Woodcote Medical Practice confirm 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.

Updated January 2016