Statement of Intent - Information Technology

New contractual requirements came into force from 1st April 2015 requiring that GP practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments:

  • Referral Management
  • ​Electronic Appointment Booking
  • On line Booking of repeat prescriptions
  • Summary Care Record
  • GP2GP transfers
  • Patient Access to records

​Please find below details of the practice stance with regards to these developments.


Referral management

All practices must include the NHS Number as the primary identifier in all NHS clinical correspondence issued by the practice.
SAMC includes the NHS Number on all correspondence


Electronic appointment booking

Practices are required to promote and offer the facility for all patients, who wish to, to book, view, amend, cancel and print appointments online.
SAMC currently offers the facility for booking and cancelling appointments online.


Online booking of repeat prescriptions

Practices are required to promote and offer the facility for all patients, who wish to, to order online, view and print a list of their repeat prescriptions for necessary drugs, medicines or appliances.
SAMC currently offers the facility for ordering repeat prescriptions online.


Summary Care Records (SCR)

Practices are required to enable successful automated uploads of any changes to a patient’s summary information, at least on a daily basis, to the SCR.
Having your 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.
SAMC is already live with SCR.


GP2GP record transfers

There is a contractual requirement to utilise the GP2GP facility for the transfer of patient records between practices, when a patient registers or de-registers.
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 GP and forwarded on to your new GP via NHS England.  It can take several weeks 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. 
SAMC confirms that GP2GP transfers are already active and we send and receive patient records via this system.


Patient access to their GP record

Practices are required by 31st March 2016 to promote and offer the facility for patients who wish to, to view online, export or print the detailed information from their medical record. The information is: test results, list of problems and consultation titles, allergies, immunisations and acute and repeat medication, the information held is in coded form.
SAMC is working with our clinical system supplier to achieve this functionality which will be available to patients by 31st March 2016.