What is the requirement for sending outpatient clinic letters – is it ALL letters or just where the GP’s are clinically required to provide ongoing care?
SC 11.7 of the NHS Standard Contract 2017/19 sets out:
‘Where, in the course of delivering an outpatient Service to a Service User, the Provider becomes aware of any matter or requirement pertinent to that Service User’s ongoing care and treatment which would necessitate the Service User’s GP taking prompt action, the Provider must communicate this by issue of a Clinic Letter to the Service User’s GP. The Provider must send the Clinic Letter as soon as reasonably practicable and in any event within 10 days (with effect from 1 April 2018, within 7 days) following the Service User’s outpatient attendance. With effect from 1 October 2018, the Provider must issue such Clinic Letters using an applicable Delivery Method.’
NHS Standard Contract 2017/19 Service Conditions (Full-length)