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Encounters HTML view
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.

Section title

The section title MUST be ‘Encounters’.

Date filter

A date filter is applicable for the encounters section.

Section content banner

Provider message describing at a summary level how they have populated this section.

Table columns

Providers must return all the columns as described in the table below, sorted 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

   <div class="gptransfer-banner">
         <!-- GP transfer banner -->
   <div class="content-banner">
         <!-- Content banner -->
   <div class="date-banner">
         <!-- Date banner -->
   <div class="exclusion-banner">
         <!-- Exclusion banner -->
   <table id="enc-tab">
            <!-- the <tr>...</tr> element will repeat for each encounter-->
            <td class="date-column">{{}}</td>

Example view

See the Pen Encounters by gp_connect (@tford70) on CodePen.

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