NVUG has been supporting members for 30years!

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

NVUG is 30 this Year!

Celebrate with us!

The NVUG 30th Four Nations’ Conference will be held at St John’s Hotel, Solihull on 13-14 November 2014.

The 30th conference marks a milestone for the User Group as we celebrate our involvement in the system that underpins the work of our practices. INPS will lead the field of exhibitors, sharing its development plans and providing a training stream to address popular needs. Speakers from both within and outside of the User Group will lead sessions on topics of interest, and the conference dinner and games evening will allow old acquaintances to meet and enable new delegates to understand why this is the longest serving User Group in the UK.

Conference venue: St John’s Hotel, 651 Warwick Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 1AT, offering easy access by motorway (M42), rail (Birmingham International or Solihull stations), and air (Birmingham airport).


The 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.


Faster Patient Group Creation

Patient groups can be extremely useful, but can take an AGE to save – here’s how to Turbo charge that process![more]


How do I get the most out of keywords?

Vision Keywords are fantastically flexible timesavers. [more]


Get your ECS consent status right

This is a tip for Scotland and Northern Ireland sites only that are using the Emergency Care Summary (ECS) and may unknowingly have background problems with consent status. This can prevent ECS information being shared with external agencies such as Out of Hours providers, even if the patient has agreed to this.[more]


INPS Employee of the Year

Each year at NVUG national conference we make an award to an 'INPS Employee of the Year', selected by NVUG members. Nominations are open and you can make your nomination here: http://www.nvug.org/contact/inps-employee-of-year/[more]


NVUG Member of the Year Award

Each year at NVUG national conference we make an award to an 'NVUG Member of the Year', selected by NVUG members. Nominations are open and you can make your nomination here: http://www.nvug.org/contact/nvug-member-of-year/[more]


Panel members have more fun!

Get nominated to the NVUG Panel so that you can represent NVUG members, locally and nationally. Panel members meet with INPS a couple of times a year, represent NVUG members at various national bodies and fora, and are involved with other NVUG projects and developments. Though many Panel members enjoy it so much that they keep being renominated, vacancies do arise due to retirements, practice changes, etc, and nominations are open now, closing date 18th October.[more]


How do I restore a deactivated repeat prescription without re-entering it?

If you have a repeat script that has disappeared from the list, it's easy to re-add it! Here's how.[more]


Celebrate NVUG 30th Birthday

NVUG is 30 this year! Join us in the celebrations at the 30th Annual conference Nov 13/14. Details at http://www.nvug.org/events/ [more]


How do I enter symbols that are not on the keyboard, such as ½ or ±?

It's possible to enter these in your Vision records, but how?[more]


How do I set my opening guideline in Vision?

So you've created a good summary guideline and you want it to be shown as the first view when you open a patient record. Here's how.[more]

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