The General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) is a centrally managed primary care data extraction service that will, for the first time, extract information from GP IT systems for a range of purposes at a national level.
Its first major deliverable will be data for the Quality Outcomes Framework from April 2013.
How will it work?
GPES is the only national means of extracting primary care data from general practice systems. It comprises two main parts and is being delivered by a number of IT services organisations. ATOS (external link) have been awarded the contract to provide the tool that will produce the extract queries, whilst the extractions themselves will be conducted by the GP practice system suppliers - EMIS, TPP, Microtest and INPS (external links).
GPES will be part of the new process to provide payments to GPs and clinical commissioning groups. GPES will extract data from GP clinical systems to support payments to GPs and pass this to the Calculating Quality Reporting Service who will calculate the payments.
Why is GPES being developed?
GP patient records are the most complete record of a patient's health within the NHS. They contain a wealth of information about patient care and provide a vital insight into the nation's health. GP patient records are currently extracted using a variety of systems that are both technically complex and resource intensive. GPES will resolve this issue by centralising the data query and extraction services, removing the complex scheduling processes and reducing the burden on practice staff.
By improving access to primary care data for the NHS and other approved organisations, GPES will support a diverse range of services and initiatives that aim to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness.
Who is responsible for GPES?
The service is being developed and centrally managed on behalf of the NHS by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) with the sponsorship and support of the Department of Health.
When will GPES be operational?
From April 2013 GPES will form part of the new process to provide payments to GPs and clinical commissioning groups. QMAS is being replaced and GPES will become the primary means for extracting data to support the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). GPES will extract the data, including year-end data, from GP clinical systems in order to support payments to GPs, although GPES will not calculate or make these payments - this will be done by the new Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS). More information about CQRS is available online (external link).
GPES is of vital strategic importance and will play an essential role in the NHS's future information needs.