NHS England is inviting patients and GPs to submit their view on online consultations.

Opened on 8 May, the survey asks GPs, practice teams and members of the public to offer their input so NHS England can “improve the service and increase the availability and use”.

The national body defines online consultations as a way for patients to contact their doctor via a smartphone, tablet or computer.

NHS England is running two surveys: one for patients and one for GPs and practice teams.

Patients are asked whether they are aware of their GP surgery offering online consultations, whereas doctors are questioned on their opinions so NHS England can understand the support they might require.

NHS England’s website reads: “Insight collected from this survey, along with other forms of engagement, will be analysed by NECS (North of England Commissioning Support) on behalf of NHS England.

“This insight will help determine the most appropriate support and resources needed for both practices and patients to adopt online consultations as an enhancement to currently available online services.”

The survey is closes on 15 June.

In March, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a review into online consultations which revealed that 43% of the providers inspected by the regulator were found not to be providing ‘safe’ care, in accordance to the relevant regulations.