This note is to update users on data submissions to NHS England for activity reporting.
You may know that practices are required to submit activity data from 30 June 2021 as outlined on their website here.
Many practices made representations that this would create extra work for no benefit, as many patient requests are completed with no need for an “appointment” record.
We have seen a copy of a post on the forum “FutureNHS” by “Digital First Primary Care”
We are raising this with system suppliers with the aim to gather that data directly from them. If a Practice has started / or is happy to map across both systems, this would ultimately create a better reporting data and Practices can continue to do this.
However, if this is not currently being recorded in the GP Clinical system appointment book, the current advice is not to double record in the GP Clinical System appointment book due to the extra burden on Practices.
When the data is published it will include a caveat highlighting that the GP appointment book is not the only tool which captures appointments and for those appointments captured elsewhere we have not got the means of capturing that data.
We have requested an official communication to this effect but have had no reply so far.
The message seems to be a positive one, there is no need to double enter and no further action is required.
We have enabled a feature in askmyGP which allows you to specify a role, compatible with GPAD reporting, for each staff member. We suggest you state a suitable role from the drop down list in the staff record, which is done only once and would take a few minutes for the whole practice. Any reporting needs should then automatically be covered.