Transition in Scotland Progress – Recommendation 13

Access to medical records

The Scottish Government and NHS Scotland should retain the current procedures whereby GPs in Scotland retrieve Service Leavers’ medical records but also keep them under review.

2019 SVC evaluation of status:

Implemented, but work should continue

2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:

This work is underway through separate initiatives. This includes guidance for GPs in Scotland on how veterans can share their full Service Medical Records. In addition, UK Government is developing Programme Cortisone which is due for delivery during 2020-22. As part of the programme, Service medical records will be digitised to allow for easier and more rapid sharing of documents.

2020 SVC evaluation of status:

Implemented, but work should continue

2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:

This work is underway through separate initiatives. This includes guidance for GPs in Scotland on how veterans can share their full Service Medical Records. In addition, UK Government is developing Programme Cortisone which is due for delivery during 2020-22. As part of the programme, Service medical records will be digitised to allow for easier and more rapid sharing of documents.

2021 SVC evaluation of status:

Implemented, but work should continue

2021 update provided by the Scottish Government:

Programme Cortisone is due to rollout later in 2021, with pilots scheduled to take place across the UK. Programme Cortisone will further align IT systems within Defence Medical System and the NHS, and allow quick electronic transfer of records.

In May 2021, the Armed Forces & Veterans Health Strategic Oversight Group set GP Veteran Accreditation as a priority for the Implementation Group. The Implementation Group has established a sub-group to take forward this work. The Veteran GP Accreditation scheme will promote and further consolidate good practice amongst GPs to ensure a smooth transition for those leaving the Armed Forces.


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