Sharing Your Information to Improve your Care

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What we record at the practice:

Healthcare professionals in our practice record information about the care we provide. The type of information that is recorded includes the following:

  • Demographics, e.g. address, telephone number, e-mail, date of birth, gender etc.
  • What you tell us when you see us in consultation, e.g. about your physical and psychological health and social circumstances
  • Diagnosis, investigations, treatments, referrals, family background
  • Social information, e.g. housing status, alcohol, smoking status
  • Third part sources, e.g. hospital letters, A&E attendances, relatives, carers, insurance companies, solicitors

What we already share about you:

We share different types of information about our patients. These include:

  • Personal information about you and your illness, when needed for your direct care, e.g. referral to Hospital Consultants, District Nurses, Health Visitors, Midwives, Counsellors, The summary Care Record
  • Patient identifiable information to public health, in order to arrange programs for childhood immunisations, communicable diseases, cervical smears and retinal screening
  • With explicit consent, personal information to other organisations outside the NHS, e.g. insurance companies, benefits agencies
  • Limited information about you, if relevant, to protect you and others, e.g. to social services child protection investigations
  • Under certain acts of parliament to protect you and others e.g. court orders
  • Summary information which is anonymised (cannot identify you) e.g. quality and outcome framework (QOF), medical research and clinical audit

We allow health and social care professionals from outside the GP practice directly involved in your care to view the most up-to-date information about you. This allows the professionals caring for you to more fully understand your needs and means you only have to tell your history once.

You will be asked for your consent whenever a professional outside the GP practice wishes to view your record. For further information please see these frequently asked questions or read our privacy notice which gives full details of how we use and share your information.

Sharing your Information to Improve your Care Leaflet
Sharing your Information - Frequently Asked Questions

Care Data

your care dataInformation 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 we, 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.

You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or download the opt out form below, complete it and return it to the practice

We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.

doc How information about you helps us to provide better care

doc Care Data - Frequently Asked Questions

doc Opt Out Form - Download, complete and return to the practice

You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website

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