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General Practice Extraction Service (GPES)

The General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) collects information from general practice (GP) clinical systems in England and forms part of HSCIC's GP Collections service.

GPES collects information for a wide range of purposes including providing GP payments. It works in conjunction with the Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS) and GP clinical systems as part of the HSCIC's GP Collections service.

GPES comprises:

For information about the development of GPES, see Independent Advisory Group (IAG) documents

Types of data

GPES can collect two different types of information

  • effectively anonymised data that doesn't reveal an individual's identity
  • patient-identifiable data (PID) that may identify an individual, such as a name, date of birth or postcode

PID data is only used when information is permitted by law or supports direct benefit to patient care. Find out more about how we look after health and care information.

Information governance

All requests made to HSCIC for information are assessed for risks and benefits and to determine whether they are in the public interest. From May 2012 to June 2015 applications for data extracts to GPES were assessed by the Independent Advisory Group (IAG). This was then replaced by a new information governance system.

A National Audit Office report into GPES was published in June 2015, see HSCIC's pdf icon National Audit Office (NAO) General Practice Extraction Service report response [73kb].

See pdf icon GPES appointment business case appendices [505kb] and pdf icon GPES appointment business case [1Mb].

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