GP practices who receive records via the GP2GP electronic transfer of records project are being asked to take part in a survey on the quality of records they receive.

A study by the University of Central Lancashire’s health informatics team and GP Dr Mary Hawking has been set up to obtain an insight into the overall quality of GP records received via the programme. The study will also examine what factors influence practices’ perception of record quality.

Dr Hawking, a GP in Bedfordshire, said that UK practices generally keep their records as electronic health records and that many practices regard themselves as ‘paperlite’ – but little is known about the quality of those records.

She said the study, which is funded by the NHS information Centre for Health and Social Care, would provide an insight into quality and explore the ways in which practices are managing the records being transferred by GP2GP.

The online survey asks how practices manage incoming records via GP2GP and seeks practices’ views on the accuracy, completeness and usefulness of records received.

The short survey also asks questions about the percentage of records requiring additional information when reconciled with the paper record.

The GP2GP record programme is run by NHS Connecting for Health and is widely regarded as one of the most successful CfH projects. More than 1.5m records had been transferred using the system by the autumn of 2010.

Take the survey: here