General Practice Extraction Service (GPES)

This page explains what the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) is, and how it relates to CQRS.

What is the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES)

The GPES is a data extraction service that is operated by NHS Digital. It enables NHS Digital to query GP practice systems for data, with consent from GP systems, and provide the information to approved organisations such as NHS England, Public Health England and Department of Health and Social Care.

The GPES is a mechanism for controlling and scheduling extractions. Data is only taken from the GP practice by agreement and only specific coded and structured content is extracted.

For more detailed information about GPES, the type of data collected and how collections are made, visit the NHS Digital website.


The Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS) is an approval, reporting and payments system for GP practices and PCNs. It helps practices to track, monitor and declare achievement for the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), DES, and Vaccination and Immunisation (V&I) programmes. [source NHS Digital]. Since 1 November 2020, CQRS has been managed by the NHS Commissioning Support Units.

GPES works in conjunction with CQRS to include services such as:

  • Core GP Contract Extract
  • Diabetic eye screening programme
  • GP Workload collection
  • Learning Disabilities data
  • Physical health checks for people with severe mental illness

CQRS Local is a web-based portal. It enables providers and commissioners to manage claims online. It streamlines the process of provider claims, reduces administrative time, and ensures claims are visible within a secure platform.

Read more about CQRS and the GP contract.