Statement of Intent



New contractual requirements came into force from 1 April 2014 requiring that GP Practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following Information Technology (IT) developments:


  1. Summary Care Record (SCR)
  2. GP to GP Record Transfers
  3. Patient Online Access to Their GP Record
  4. Data for commissioning and other secondary care purposes


The same contractual obligations require that GP Practices have a statement of intent regarding these developments in place and publicised by 30 September 2014.


Please find below details of our Practice’s stance with regards to these points.


Summary Care Record (SCR)


NHS England requires practices to enable successful automated uploads of any changes to patient’s summary information, at least on a daily basis, to the summary care record (SCR), or have published plans in place to achieve this by 31st of March 2015. Having your Summary Care Record (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.


Of course if you do not want your medical records to be available in this way then you will need to let us know so that we can update your record. You can do this via the opt out form available at reception or on our website


Cambridge Avenue Medical Centre confirms that your SCR is automatically updated, on at least a daily basis, to ensure your information is as up to date as it can be.



GP to GP Record Transfers


NHS England requires practices to utilise the GP2GP facility for the transfer of patient records between practices, when a patient registers or de-registers (not for temporary registration).


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 doctor and forwarded on to your new GP via NHS England. It can take your paper records up to two weeks to reach your new surgery. With GP to GP record transfers your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much sooner.


Cambridge Avenue Medical Centre confirms that GP to GP transfers are already active to send and receive patient records via this system.


  Patient Online Access to Their GP Record


NHS England require practices to promote and offer the facility to enable patients to have online access to appointments, prescriptions, allergies and adverse reactions or have published plans in place to achieve this by 31st of March 2015.


Cambridge Avenue Medical Centre confirms  that we currently offer the facility for booking and cancelling appointments, ordering your repeat prescriptions and access to My Summary Patient Record on-line .


This is done by the current clinical System facility SystmOnline. If you do not already have a user name and password for this system – please register for this at the Reception desk, you will need to bring a form of identification preferably photographic to register for this service.



Data for commissioning and other secondary care purposes


It is already a requirement of the Health and Social Care Act that practices must meet the reasonable data requirements of commissioners and other health and social care organisations through appropriate and safe data sharing for secondary uses, as specified in the technical specification for care data. At Cambridge Avenue Medical Centre we have specific arrangements in place to allow patients to “opt out” of which allows for the removal of data from the practice. Please see the page about on our website at


Cambridge Avenue Medical Centre confirms these arrangements are in place, and that we undertake annual training and audits to ensure that all our data is handled correctly and safely via the Information Governance Toolkit.


29th September 2014