|Default Codes:||G9999998 - GP code is unknown|
|G9999981 - No registered GP|
|R9999981 - Referrer other than GMP, GDP or Consultant|
|Other GP Codes|
|A9999998 - MOD doctor refers|
|P9999981 - Prison doctor|
This is the code of the GENERAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONER (GMP) with whom the PATIENT is registered.
A doctor receives a GMC number on qualification. If he/she then chooses to enter general practice, a further number is allocated - the Doctors Index Number - by the Department of Health (STATS(W)). This number is passed to the PRIMARY CARE TRUST (PCT) requesting the number who then liaise with the Prescription Pricing Authority (PPA) on the issue of prescription pads etc. The PPA use the number to derive the GMP code by prefixing it with the character 'G' and adding a check digit at the end. The GMP code linked to his/her main practice is included on the National Administrative Codes Service (NACS), quarterly distributed CD-ROM and the NACS NHSnet website.
When a locum refers, use the code of the GP for whom the locum is acting. See PERSON IDENTIFIER TYPE classification 'Code of General Practitioner - PPA Code'.
For GPs working in hospitals, the following codes should be used:
|-||if the GP is working as an assistant, use the code of the responsible consultant;|
|-||if the GP is working as a consultant, use the GP's GMC code.|
Whilst both MOD and prison doctors provide general medical services to their communities, they are not GMPs and should not be recorded as Registered GMPs. They can refer (Referrer code).
For the NACS contact details, see Publication Information Contact Details.
This data element is also known by these names:
|plural||GMP (CODE OF REGISTERED OR REFERRING GMPS)|