GP Level Data Collection
The Department of Health has directed NHS Digital to provide General Practitioners (GPs) and general practices with clinical information on the care provision for their patients.
Therefore NHS Digital will collect clinical data for a given set of metrics at the individual GP level and then report this information back to GPs and general practices only. Each metric will measure how GPs work with their patients, such as the percentage of patients who have received a flu jab during the winter flu season.
When is the Data being Collected?
Collection of this data is mandatory and there will be two data collections in total.
The 1st data collection will take place in October 2017 and reported back to GP’s and general practices in December 2017. The 2nd data collection is scheduled to take place in January 2018 and reported back to GP’s and general practices in March 2017.
Data will be collected at the level of the individual patient.
Personal data will be collected in the form of patients' NHS Numbers only. No other personal data items, such as Name, Address, Postcode or Date of Birth, will be collected. Likewise no sensitive data items, such as Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation or Physical or Mental Health Conditions, will be collected.
Once the information has been reported back to GPs and general practices, NHS Digital will permanently delete all personal data that were collected as part of this work. No data will be shared with any other organisation.
Benefits of the Collection
This supports an objective "to improve out-of-hospital care" as set out in the government's NHS mandate for 2017-18. It is expected that providing GP’s and general practices with metrics at the individual GP level will help them review the quality of care and outcomes for their patients, focusing on those for whom the most impact could be achieved in terms of GP’s assessing the way in which care is planned and provided.
Patients can opt out of this data collection by completing an Opt-Out Form. Please click here to download the Opt-Out Form. This should be returned to the practice once completed so that we can update your medical record.