Patient Confidentiality, Care.Data and GDPR

How information about you helps us to provide better care

We can provide the best possible care for everyone, and part of that is giving other NHS organisations (such as hospitals) access to your medical records.

This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.

This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.

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, please speak to practice staff or ask at reception for a copy of the leaflet “Better Information Means Better Care”. You can also view/print from the following link:

Better Information Means Better Care

More information can be found here:
http://www.nhs.uk/caredata

You can opt out here:
https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Introduced by the European Union on 25th May 2018, GDPR provides greater control and transparency for individuals regarding their personal and confidential data. An introduction and the practice privacy policies can be viewed/printed by clicking the links below:

GDPR - Overview for Use of Medical Records
GDPR - Privacy Notice 1 - Information Use

GDPR - Privacy Notice 2 - Medical Research
GDPR - Privacy Notice 3 - Legal Requirements
GDPR - Privacy Notice 4 - National Screening

The national data opt-out was introduced on 25 May 2018, providing a facility for individuals to opt-out from the use of their data for research or planning purposes. This is provided in line with the recommendations of the National Data Guardian in her Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs.

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out-programme