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 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.
You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website
Summary Care Records
The NHS in England is introducing the Summary Care Record (SCR), which will be used in emergency care. The record will contain information about medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had, to ensure those caring for you have enough information to treat you safely.
Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on central NHS databases.
How will Summary Care Records help me?
Healthcare staff will have quicker access to information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had. This means they can provide you with safer care during an emergency, when your GP practice is closed or when you are away from home in another part of England.
How will you control who can see my Summary Care Record?
Healthcare staff who can see your SCR:-
- need to be directly involved in caring for you.
- will only see information they need to do their job
- will have their details recorded
Healthcare staff will ask your permission every time they need to look at your SCR. If they cannot ask you, e.g. if you are unconscious or in certain circumstances such as a court order, healthcare staff may look at your record without asking you. If they do this, they will make a note on your record.
What are my choices?
- You can choose to have a SCR: You do not need to do anything. This will happen automatically.
- You can choose not to have a SCR: You need to let the practice know by filling in and returning an opt-out form. (see below).
For further information visit the Connecting for Health Website