One of the key requirements for GPs in order to maintain professional competence with the Medical Council is the completion of a practice audit. Practice management software can assist greatly in this regard especially if the GP has been coding diseases correctly. Even if this has not been done, it is still possible to use the software to identify suitable patients in other ways. Below are instructions for GPs on how to identify patients for an audit project and how to use codes in the main software packages.
The four GPIT accredited practice management systems (Complete GP, Health One, Helix Practice Manager and Socrates) can produce the national referral form from the patient's file. This enables GPs to use this new format in paper form instead of their current referral letter.
(Author: Dr Conor O'Shea)
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