WILL DATA SHARING AFFECT YOU?
Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
It is important that, the NHS, can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, so we can see what has worked best.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the best care possible for everyone.
How your information is used and shared is controlled by law and strict rules are in place to protect your privacy.
We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.
DO I HAVE A CHOICE?
Yes. You have the right to prevent confidential information about you being shared or used for any purpose other than providing your care , except in special circumstances. If you do not want information that identifies you to be shared outside your GP practice, simply contact the practice and inform us you wish to opt out of care data sharing and we will make a note of this in your medical record. You do NOT need to book an appointment to do this. This will prevent your confidential information being used other than where necessary by law, (for example, if there is a public health emergency).
DO I NEED TO DO ANYTHING?
If you are happy for your information to be shared you do not need to do anything. There is no form to fill in and nothing to sign if you wish to opt out of care data sharing and you can change your mind at any time.
If you have any concerns or are not happy for your information to be shared, please contact the practice.
Further information can be found at:
www.nhs.uk/caredata and http://www.hscic.gov.uk/
PATIENT CONSENT FOR
SHARING IN AND SHARING OUT OF INFORMATION
Sharing In and Sharing Out of medical information. You are now able to restrict the use of information held by other places you receive care, such as hospitals and community services which is held on your medical record. You should let the practice know if you want to restrict the use of this information and further details relating to sharing in and sharing out of data in your whole medical record can be provided by the practice. You can decide to restrict other care provides being able to view information on the whole of medical record and also if you wish other care services to share their data with your GP practice.
There is a form we are asking all our patients to complete to advise us of your preferences and gain your consent where appropriate to share you and receive data relating to your care. You can change your mind about your choices at any time.
Please be assured that your choices will not affect any of the care you receive.
If you have any questions relating to the care data sharing or the sharing in and sharing out of medical data between other care providers, please contact the practice for information.
(Site updated 02/02/2014)