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Changes to Patient Registration Requirement

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Changes to Patient Registration Requirement

From 2nd October 2017, GPs will need to complete all new patient registrations using the new family doctor services registration (GMS1) form. The revised GMS1 form contains the same information as the current GMS1 form, as well as a supplementary questions section for overseas patients.

Copies of the new form will be delivered directly to GP practices ahead of the 2 October 2017 date.

Should any practice require further forms after that delivery, please order these from the Primary Care Support England (PCSE) portal.

The form can also be downloaded from the NHS Choices website

Update 28.9.2017

  • The new GMS1 form includes supplementary questions for patients not ordinarily resident in the UK. There is no obligation to identify such patients.  It is for the patient to self-declare and for them to complete the supplementary questions as they see fit.  For those overseas patients who self-declare that they hold either a non-UK issued EHIC, PRC or S1 form, the practice is required to manually record this information in the patient’s medical record and then send a copy of the GMS1 form and supplementary questions to NHS Digital (for non-UK issued EHIC/PRC details) or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) (for S1 forms). It is recommended that practices send this information to NHS Digital and DWP on a weekly basis.  (Email and postal addresses are expected to be confirmed to practices in a covering letter with their GMS1 delivery).
  • Overseas patients are not required to complete the new supplementary questions of the GMS1 form in order to register with the practice.  This revised form includes supplementary questions to help determine an overseas patient’s eligibility to free NHS secondary healthcare.
  • Patients who are ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK are not expected to complete the supplementary questions.

If you have any further queries about this new contractual requirement, do not hesitate to contact us.



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