Dr Joanne Bailey has been chosen to chair the GP Extraction Service Independent Advisory Group, the Health and Social Care Information Centre has announced.

Dr Bailey, who was nominated by Dame Fiona Caldicott, will take over from Neil Serougi; who has been the chair since the launch of the group.

Commenting on her new role, Dr Bailey said: “I intend to ensure that the Independent Advisory Group continues to put at the heart of its decision making the dual aims of protecting patient confidentiality and using data to improve health services and treatments in the future.”

Dr Bailey is a GP and a member of the BMA GP committee and the Royal College of GP’s health informatics group. 

The GPES Advisory Group was set up in 2012 in order to review requests for data collected via the GP extraction service, which aims to take information from GP practices to the HSCIC for use in performance and outcome monitoring by other organisations.

The GPES system was due to be implemented in July last year, but the project infrastructure build was delayed due to “technical reasons.”

However, the GPES was successfully used to extract QOF data from GP systems for 2013-14 this year.

According to the GPES April newsletter, issued by the HSCIC, future requests to extract data using GPES include: QOF data for 2014-15; enhanced services for 2014-15; diabetic retinopathy screening; patients objections management; CCG outcomes indicator set; and information to support improvements in the way services are delivered for patients with learning disabilities.

The GPES system will also be used for the planned care.data programme, for which it will be used to extract a new monthly dataset from GP practices and then link this with other datasets, such as the Hospital Episode Statistics, within the ‘safe haven’ of the HSCIC.

The extractions were originally due to begin in October last year before being delayed until March and then again until this autumn while NHS England builds public confidence in the programme.