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. 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. Sharing information can help improve understanding, locally and nationally, of the most important health needs and the quality of the treatment and care provided by the local health services.
HSCIC will only ask for the minimum amount of information needed to improve patient care and the services provided. Care data does not need to extract your whole GP record. 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.
Patients who have previously opted out of the shared care record (SCR) and still do not want data being shared by care data will need to complete the HSCIC opt out form as well. Should you no longer object to sharing data, please contact the surgery.
You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website