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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.

On-line access to records: England

From 1 April 2015, practices in England should have enabled patients to be able to view their prescribing records and any allergies or intolerances. More parts of the medical record are due to follow.

There have been concerns expressed by some of the other user groups regarding patient access being switched on at a global level. Vision practices do not have this concern as record access is managed at individual patient level.

Once INPS has ‘enabled’ your practice, allowing data to flow to a Vision Data Hub from where patients can access it (DLM 470), each patient’s record still has to carry two specific Read codes before access can be obtained.

The first code, '91B, Patient registration data confirmed', needs to carry free text comments detailing the method of verification, e.g. driver’s licence viewed, patient known to practice for many years.

The second code, '93440, Electronic record notes summary verified', confirms that the practice has checked the records for potentially harmful content and is verifying them for release. This enables the practice to meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act that data which might be harmful for an individual or a named third party should be kept secure.

The codes must be entered in that order for access to be obtained. The patient also needs to register for access.

Check for patients with the existing codes which might have been added for other reasons or by a previous practice before on-line access was introduced. Vision has an audit for this which can be found in the 'SCR, Pt Online Services and Care.Data audits' in Clinical Audit.

Further information available at:

Advice on downloading audits is available on the same page at:

To download the audit, go to:

and select Admin for SCR, Pt Online Services & Care.Data


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