NHS organisations will be expected to have aligned their acute inpatient discharge, emergency care discharges, mental health discharges and outpatient letters with the nationally published specifications and have the capability to send by 1 October 2018. (Sending electronically (no paper or fax) was part of NHS Standard Contract 2015)

As a minimum, organisations must have plans in place clearly setting out developments and delivery of capability in line with GP vendors implementation of the receive capability.

Further Information:

NHS Standard Contract Technical Guidance Section 39.22 for ToC: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/7-contract-tech-guid.pdf