How We Protect Your Data
Health and Social care professionals caring for you keep records about your health and treatment to ensure you receive the best possible care.
Your records are used to guide and administer the care you receive to ensure:
- your health and social care professionals, such as doctor, nurse and social worker, involved in your care have accurate and up-to-date information to assess what care you need
- your information is always available should you need to be referred to a specialist
- there is a good basis for assessing the type and quality of care you have received
Your information may also be used to:
- investigate complaints, legal claims or untoward incidents
- make sure our services can meet your needs now and in the future
- enable good management of services
Access to your information by a third party:
- you must give your written consent for access to your medical records by any third party, eg insurance company or solicitor, as we are unable to disclose any information without this consent.
Everyone working with your information has a legal duty to keep it confidential. Our guiding principle is that we are holding your records in strict confidence. Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential
- the practice operates a strict code of confidentiality and all patient information and sensitive data is held securely.
The principal partner organisations with whom information may be shared are :
- Community and Mental Health Trusts
- Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG)
- General Practitioners (GPs)
- Ambulance Services
- Social Services (if involved in your care).
Your information is subject to strict agreements describing how it will be used and, only if necessary for your care, may also be shared with:
- Local Authorities
- NHS Common Services Agencies
- Voluntary Organisations and other care providers.
Your records are managed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and under this you have a right of access to your records. If you require access to your medical records we would ask you to make an appointment with your doctor who will then be able to answer any queries you may have.
For further information:
- Contact your GP surgery, hospital, clinic, community team or social services department.
- Information on the Data Protection Act 1988 is available on the Information Commissioner’s web site
- The NHS code of Practice on Confidentiality is available on the Department of Health web site www.dh.gov.uk
NHS Digital Data Extraction
NHS digital collects personal data by patients NHS number. No other personal data such as name, address or date of birth is ever extracted from the records. This is used to determine statistics for a general practice and to correlate data such as emergency admission in Accident & Emergency. It is possible to opt out of all data extraction by contacting us.
For more information about this please click on the following link. NHS digital data extraction
National Data Opt Out
The NHS wants to make sure you and your family have the best care now and in the future. Your health and adult social care information supports your individual care. It also helps us to research, plan and improve health and care services in England. There are very strict rules on how this data can and cannot be used, and you have clear data rights. We are committed to keeping patient information safe and will always be clear on how it is used. You can choose whether or not your confidential patient information is used for research and planning. For more information please visit https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/
Please note that you cannot opt out of the National Data Share through your GP practice - you will need to access the link above and opt out online, by telephone or by downloading a form to submit. You will need your NHS number to do this and may need to contact the practice if you do not know what this is.
Publication Of Earnings
Under our NHS contract all GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice. Please see the seperate link for this information