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General Practice Extraction Service

The General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) is a centrally managed service that extracts information from general practice IT clinical systems for a wide range of purposes. It also forms part of the new process for providing payments to GPs and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

GPES is the only national service for extracting data from patient records held in general practice systems across England. It is owned and managed for the NHS by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The GPES website provides information about GPES and the purposes for which it is used. Separate sections provide information for patients and the public, practice staff and prospective customers.

GPES has the potential to improve patient care by ensuring the information on general practice systems in England can be accessed and used efficiently in a standardised way. By making this information available to the NHS and other approved organisations, GPES supports a diverse range of services and initiatives that aim to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness.

Potential patient benefits include:

  • Improving the screening of patients for serious conditions like cancer, so that treatment is given as quickly as possible
  • Improving the provision of health care for vulnerable and disadvantaged people
  • Helping the NHS to understand major public health issues like flu epidemics so that services can be delivered to those who need them most.

The specific anticipated benefits for each GPES data extraction that is currently being delivered are described in the GPES customer section. You can also read more about the background to GPES and the types of data extracted.

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