As an NHS Clinician you are likely to access some of the national NHS IT applications (including the Patient Demographic Service, Choose & Book, the Electronic Prescription Service and the Summary Care Record) whilst delivering the best possible care to your patients. It is therefore essential that you can access these applications securely and that any entries and/or amendments are auditable. This can be achieved through the use of your NHS smartcard and the correct allocation of role based access controls (RBAC). In the future access to certain GP IT systems (i.e. TPP SystmOne) will be dependant upon the insertion and validation of your smartcard.

GPnetworks has provided an additional field within your GP user profile screen to allow you to record your Smartcard Unique User Identity (UUID) number. The addition of this field will allow practice staff to locate your Smartcard UUID at the time of the booking via the GPnetworks system, thereby ensuring they have sufficient time to ensure that their organisation can be registered to your Smartcard and that you have the correct Role Based Access Codes (RBAC) to fulfil your role.

Your UUID number is the 12-digit number located beneath the photo on your smartcard.

To access your GP networks profile page please login to your account and click the Profile tab.

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A discussion about NHS Smartcards

Smartcards can expire. If you are aware that your smartcard has expired i.e. you receive access error messages when attempting to logon, please contact your sponsor to ensure they can revalidate your card.

If you do not have an NHS Smartcard and work within a set GP practice on a regular basis please speak to the Practice Manager who can advise you as to how to obtain a NHS Smartcard.

If you do not have an NHS Smartcard and do not work regularly for a set organisation/practice please contact us by replying to this email and we will put you in touch with the right person to help you resolve this.

6 thoughts on “Smartcards”

  1. Hi I am a GP locum in the Berkshire and Surrey area I do not have a smart card but would like to apply for one.Please can you advise on who to contact for this?
    Many thanks

  2. Hi,
    I have a member gp who is returning to work after some time and has a smart card however unsure whether it has expired or not. How do we check? Also how do we go about renewing a smart card when the gp is a locum?
    Thank you,

  3. Hi,
    I am a new GP Locum in the South London area after relocating from South Wales. I do not have a smartcard and would like to apply for one. I would be grateful for your help.

  4. Hi, i’m a practice nurse about to start working through an agency but have been told I can only work if I have a smart card. How do I go about obtaining one?

    Hope you can help


  5. HI all – useful info on smartcards here

    Ps – Sally, if you are a locum nurse working in the South East you may be interested to know that GPnetworks is releasing an upgrade this weekend, sponsored by the Brighton & Hove CCG, that will include locum nurses into the service/system.

    This means nurses will be able to register with GPnetworks and find sessional work in practices, for free.
    There are lots of practices using our system that require locum nurse cover and will be using this upgrade to find and book nurses



  6. Hi ,
    I am a Locum GP . I have recently moved from Scotland to Milton Keynes . Can you please guide me through the process of obtaining a smart card.
    Kind Regards

    Vishal Nayak

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