Overview of sharing options
Summary Care Record (SCR)
The NHS in England is using a national electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR) to support patient care. The Summary Care Record is a copy of key information from your GP record. It provides authorised healthcare staff with faster, secure access to essential information about you when you need unplanned care or when your GP practice is closed. Summary Care Records improve the safety and quality of your care.
Local sharing via My Care Record
Your patient record is held securely and confidentially on the electronic system at your GP practice.
If you require attention from a health and social care professional such as an Emergency Department, Minor Injury Unit, social worker, or Out Of Hours location, those treating you would be better able to give you appropriate care if some of the information from the GP practice was available to them. This information can now be shared electronically via My Care Record.
In all cases, the information will be used only by authorised health and social care professionals involved in your direct care. Your permission will be asked before the information is accessed, unless the health and social care user is unable to ask you and there is a clinical reason for access, which will then be logged.
GP Data Opt in / out Form (SCR and My Care Record ONLY)
NHS England is commissioning a modern data service from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) on behalf of the entire health and social care system. Known as Care.data, this programme will build on existing data services and expand them to provide linked data that will eventually cover all care settings, both in and outside of hospital. Patient information will be obtained from the GP record and used to support, plan, and improve patient services by comparison with other patients in other areas. Care.data will also assist with resource planning across the country. To enable the comparison the NHS will need to extract your date of birth, postcode and NHS number to link your records. Your identifiable information will remain protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be shared with researchers and health planners to improve services both locally and nationally.
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.
If you wish to opt out of sharing your information in relationship to Care.data you are now required to record a national data opt out that offers you a new way to prevent your confidential patient information from being used for research and planning.
Unfortunately, the national data opt out cannot be set by the GP surgery going forward from October 2018, you can instead record your own opt-out online following the link above or by contacting: 0300 303 5678.
You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website