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This leaflet explains why information is collected about you, the ways in which this information may be used and who will be collecting it.
NHS England aims to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as hospital, community service and us your GP Surgery. This will allow them to share the care you received in one area with other providers of your medical care.
Information will be held in a secure environment called NHS Digital. The role of NHS Digital is also to ensure that high quality data is used appropriately to improve patient care. NHS Digital has legal powers to collect and analyse data from all providers of NHS care. They are committed, and legally bound, to the very highest standards of privacy and confidentiality to ensure that your confidential information is protected at all times. You can object to your data being used in this way – see below
This data can also be used, with permission, for research purposes. If you do not wish to share data for research, you can opt out:
For more information visit www.nhs.uk.
The law requires Doctors to provide some very limited information about certain things. The law says, for example, that Doctors must provide information to local authorities about some infectious diseases, e.g. if you had food poisoning. Very rarely, Doctors may be required to disclose information in order to detect a serious crime. Likewise, a court order can require Doctors to disclose certain information during a court case.
We will never provide your information to anyone else without your explicit consent. Records which you wish to share with other people such as solicitors will be provided to you so that you can review them before your share them.
Sharing information can help improve understanding, responses to different treatments and potential solutions. Information will also help to:
Yes. You have the right to prevent confidential information about you from 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 this Practice, complete the sheet enclosed in this leaflet. This will prevent your confidential information being used other than where necessary by law.
If you are a carer and have a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare then you can object on behalf of the patient who lacks capacity. If you do not hold a Lasting Power of Attorney then you can raise your specific concerns with the patient’s GP.
If you have parental responsibility and your child is not able to make an informed decision for themselves, then you can make a decision about information sharing on behalf of your child. If your child is competent then this must be their decision.
If you wish to opt out, please visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.