IT / Electronic Patient records

Statement of intent

New contractual arrangements came into force on 1st April 2014 requiring GP practices to make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments:

  1. Summary Care Record (SCR)
  2. GP to GP Record Transfers (GP2GP)
  3. Patient Online Access to their GP Record
  4. 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. These were publicised by 30th September 2014.

Please find below details of the arrangements Dr. Siddiqui and Partners have in place for these developments.

  • Summary Care Record (SCR)

NHS England requires practices to enable successful automated uploads of any changes to patient summary information, at least on a daily basis, to the SCR or to have published plans to achieve this by 31st March 2015.

Having your SCR available to other service providers, such as hospitals, will help those treating you by allowing them to see a small part of your GP medical record. They will have access to information about any medication you may be taking and any allergies you may have.

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. If you have already advised us that you do not want a SCR available outside of the practice, you do not need to do so again, your records will have already been excluded from this. More details about the SCR can be found at Summary Care Record

We confirm that your SCR is already automatically updated on at least a daily basis to ensure that your information is as up to date as it can possibly be.

  • GP to GP Record Transfers (GP2GP)

NHS England requires practices to use the GP2GP facility for the transfer of patient records between practices, when a patient registers or de-registers. This does not apply to temporary patient registrations.

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 to your new GP via NHS England. It can take your paper records several weeks to reach your new practice.

With GP2GP transfers, your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much sooner.

We confirm that GP2GP transfers are already active and that we send and receive patient records via this system.

  • Patient Online Access to their GP Record

The Practice is now able to offer our patients the facility to access the following services on line: 

  • On-line appointments
  • On-line repeat prescriptions
  • On-line access to records

Applications for passwords will require 2 forms of ID.  The following are acceptable examples of identification:

  • Passport
  • Driving Licence
  • Birth Certificate
  • Utility Bill

Please speak to Reception if you wish to register for these services.

Data for commissioning and other secondary care purposes

It is already a requirement of the Health & 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 usage, as specified in the technical specification for care data.

The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. NHS Digital has developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

There are specific arrangements in place to allow patients to “opt out” of data sharing if they wish to.

If you don’t want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both.

Your rights as to how your personal data is used, are always considered with regard to law and confidentiality.

If you have any questions or queries, then please email us at

The Partners confirm these arrangements are already 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.