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New digital systems to support COVID-19 vaccinations by GPs


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New digital systems to support COVID-19 vaccinations by GPs

Working with NHS Digital, NHS England are enabling the national procurement of digital systems to help general practices and primary care networks manage the call and recall of patients for COVID-19 vaccinations.

 The systems will provide GPs with an additional method for managing initial vaccination appointments and recalls – alongside mechanisms already in place.  Practices that use one of the new digital systems will be able to send automated text messages inviting patients to book appointments online. Patients will receive automatic reminders to book and reminders of upcoming appointments, increasing uptake.  It follows an NHS Digital invitation to suppliers on the Digital Care Services catalogue to express interest in supplying vaccination booking systems.  Assurance of minimum system capability standards is currently underway. Some assured systems will provide additional functionality to practices – PCNs and CCGs should bear this in mind when comparing assured systems and deciding which to use.  It is expected that several suppliers’ systems will be available. There will be national funding for the digital services. Text messaging costs will need to be met locally but an additional £2m funding will be made available to CCGs/PCNs.