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Section Code Section Name TPP EMIS Vision Microtest
ENC Encounters Yes Yes Yes Yes

Clinical narrative

An encounter is an interaction between a patient and a health care professional (HCP) that is recorded on the patient record. This can include:

  • planned encounters - such as pre-arranged Appointments with a GP
  • unplanned encounters - such as at an out of hours clinic and those unrecorded through appointment module(s)
  • direct encounters - such as a face-to-face session with a GP
  • indirect encounters - such as a GP reviewing and updating a patient record on receipt of some test results


The purpose of supplying encounters within GP Connect is to allow a clinician to view a history of a patient’s interactions with a clinician or an HCP.

Sections and subsections

There is a single main section for encounters with no subsections.

Date filter

A date filter is applicable for the encounters section. Provider messages for a date filter can be found here.

Section content banner

Provider message(s) describing at a summary level how this section has been populated. Provider content messages can be found here.

Table construction requirements

Providers MUST adhere to the table construction requirements listed below:

  • table header MUST be “Encounters”
  • table columns MUST be ordered left-to-right (1..N)
  • table content MUST NOT be truncated

Table columns

Providers MUST return all the columns as described in the table below, ordered by Date descending:

Order Name Description Value Details
Date The date of the encounter dd-Mmm-yyyy
Title A short human readable title for the encounter, to be composed of a subset of the Practitioner and Organization details linked to the encounter free-text
Details Longer human readable details for the encounter free-text

HTML view

The following content highlights the expected HTML tags and format providers MUST use when generating the HTML content:

         <!-- GP transfer banner -->
         <!-- Content banner -->
         <!-- Date banner -->
         <!-- Exclusion banner -->
            <!-- the <tr>...</tr> element will repeat for each encounter-->

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