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The National Vision User Group is an independent non-profit making organisation supporting general practices that use Vision, a Windows based software package used in Primary Health Care across the United Kingdom and supplied by INPS.

It was established in 1984 and is the oldest independent user group in GP computing. It is run by users for users and helps practices to get the most out of Vision.

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National Vision User Group

The National Vision User Group was formed in the eighties when GP computing was a novelty. Of the systems exhibited at the first GP computing event in Cambridge, only Vision (then VAMP) has stood the test of time.

Vision’s strength has always been its flexibility, and this matches the NHS IT strategy that require a multitude of IT systems – health, social services, local government – to share appropriate data. Vision 360 and the MIG (owned by INPS and EMIS) will enable Vision users to participate fully.

With established government systems in place for NHS IT, the role of the User Group is increasingly focussed on system development to support this data-sharing and joint-working era, providing an informed and supportive conduit for user needs.

Run by users for users, NVUG ensures nationwide representation:

  • English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish;
  • urban and rural;
  • large and small;
  • hosted and with local servers.

The NVUG National Panel ensures that the system is not hijacked by a vociferous few focused on their personal requirements.


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