NHSScotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records

From May 2017 we will improve the way we use information from GP patient records. These changes, which are being introduced in stages, will help to plan and improve health and care services in Scotland.

A change for the better

Being able to use this information will mean NHSScotland can improve the quality of care for all patients, better plan services for people with health needs and support research into new treatments for particular illnesses.

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Safe information

SPIRE will be used to help plan for Scotland’s health and care needs. It uses information from GP practices all over Scotland in a safe and secure way.

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My choices

You have a choice about the information from your GP patient record being used in this way. You can find the opt out form for SPIRE in this section.

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In support of SPIRE

Dr Alan McDevitt, Chair of the SGPC talking about the benefits of SPIRE for practices, clusters and the NHS in Scotland and the robustness of the safeguards in place.

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Benefits of SPIRE

Dr Miles Mack, Chair of RCGP in Scotland, on the benefits of SPIRE for practices and patients across Scotland.

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In support of SPIRE

… it’s fair to say that the whole of Scotland’s health could improve as a result of SPIRE. At the moment much of our data about ill health in Scotland is based on various surveys and probably the most consistent thing is the medical cause of death. But actually why aren’t we looking upstream of that and actually looking at the illnesses that are out there at the moment?

Miles Mack, Chair of RCGP in Scotland

SPIRE will help by providing practices with a simple way to view their own information and to get intelligence that will be of use to them in the care of their patients, particularly those with chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease as well as for older people with a lot of conditions who are on a variety of drugs.

Professor John Gillies, Honorary Professor, Department of General Practice, University of Edinburgh

… in my view it’s a major step forward…. And if there’s more information available, meaningful information available, at practice level, and at primary care level, then it can only be an improvement to the outcome to the individual patient.