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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NVUG is 30 this Year!

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 focussed on their personal requirements.

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.

A detailed programme will be published in late September.

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).


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]


Do you know the difference between 171.. C/O - cough and R062. [D]Cough?

Understand Read codes better and create better structured records[more]


How do I prescribe multiple drugs linked together?

Sometimes it is appropriate to prescribe a multi-drug regime instead of just a single drug item. Here's how.[more]


Speed up viewing previously locked patient

Fed up with closing a patient on consultation manager because it is locked? Then having to re-select the patient to start a consultation? [more]


Customizing Search Printouts

When printing lists of patients from a search, previously we would write on them what they were or highlight male/female patients to sort through. They would easily get confused with other search prints, often having to be reprinted just to make sure. We would also have to keep going back and fore to the search criteria, wondering what we had actually asked to search for! But now...[more]


Managing Vision Guidelines

If your practice are active users and editors of Vision guidelines then confusion can arise. Which is the latest version? Who edited that one and when? How do I restore an old version?[more]


Reducing the cost of postage on individual letters

For a while practices have been able to send letters to a group of patients either through NVUG's DocMailer application or directly through the CFH Docmail website. However there is a new application available from CFH Docmail that allows you to send individual mail merged letters for a reduced cost as well. As well as reducing the cost of the postage, you can also save staff time and the cost of consumables as letters do not need to be printed.[more]


How do I share a search with other practices?

Sometimes, such as for requirements of the current Scottish QP, it is necessary for practices to all run searches with the same criteria. But it isn't necessary for each practice to create the search themselves[more]

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Nov 13th/14th: 4-Nations Conference 2014