NHS computer programme brings critics on board

The NHS has appointed one of its fiercest critics as a National Clinical Lead (NCLs), to help involve GPs in the National Programme for IT (NPfIT).

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The NHS has appointed one of its fiercest critics as a national clinical lead (NCL), to help involve GPs in the National Programme for IT (NPfIT).

Dr Manpreet Pujara, who led opposition to the NPFIT’s efforts to prevent GPs getting the IT systems of their choice, has accepted a key role in developing the benefits the National Programme to clinical practice.

Pujara will be joined by Dr Peter Short. The pair will replace Dr Mike Pringle and Dr Gillian Braunold.

Pujara led the EMIS user group between 2001 and 2007, when it found itself in conflict with NHS plans to allow the Local Service Providers (LSPs) to offer a single IT systems to GPs.

Although EMIS had by far the largest installed base in general practices, the LSPs initially said GPs would have to replace their systems with those of the LSPs choice.

Pujara said: “I have been critical of some NHS CfH policies in the past for offering a single solution via local service providers and requiring the majority of GPs to change their clinical systems. I have, however, always been fully behind the aims of NPfIT to improve safety and quality of care for patients.

“Having worked on a number of NHS CfH issues relevant to GPs as well as on GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) I’m pleased to have been appointed as one of the GP national clinical leads.”

Peter Short was one of twelve GPs sent by NHS CfH to Chennai, India to assist in the development of the troubled iSoft GP Lorenzo application.

“My interest in the ‘usability’ of clinical software has led me to work through CfH with the Common User Interface (CUI) project team. This exciting work promises to deliver significant safety benefits for patients and clinicians by the adoption of common standards at the computer interface.

“These will improve the accuracy and ease of clinical coding. I also have a special interest in how systems communicate across care settings in order to support a multi-disciplinary team approach,” he said.

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