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
After wrapping up QOF 14/15 and while doing other tasks such as HMRC/SPPA returns, don't forget that the new QOF year has already started!
There are some sensible housekeeping changes to remind users to carry out for the new NHS financial year and QOF year to help get off to a good start.
There are several ways to do this, but one is quicker and simpler than others and not everyone knows about it.
The DLM update process is used to roll out software changes to Vision practices with a local server. But the new DLM does not necessarily update the local PC’s “client copy” of the Vision software. This may be OK for a while but if the local client version of the software gets too far out of sync with the server version then this may give problems. How can I check that my PC version is up to date?
We are pleased to announce that NVUG has once again negotiated a 10% discount on additional training purchased through the INPS Training Centre in Coventry. Details at http://www.nvug.org/about/discounted-training/
Robin to Batman (or registrar to trainer!): "I find the Vision guideline template for inputting urine dipstick results [or whatever] very useful - but it's a bit of a hassle to remember each time how to call it up from the general folder of Guidelines. What can I do?"
If you have patient who has had lithium prescribed in the last 6 months of the QOF year, but has had it stopped, this costs you money. But there is a way to avoid it counting against you.
Here’s a quick way to tidy up repeat prescriptions quickly, to get them to show the quantities, dosage instructions, Drug Class, etcetera, exactly as you want. And quick means about two seconds per drug.
When switching into the 'Therapy' tab in Consultation Manager, my view would always default to the 'Repeats' section. I thought this was how it worked – wrong!
I know that I can always tell if a previous consultation was a home visit – or telephone conversation, or whatever – by looking at the “Consultation Type”. But life seems too short to do that every time; is there a quick way that’s visible directly from the main consultation record?