From November NHS England will be utilising patient data from GP practices for the new care.data service.
The aim of care.data is to improve healthcare by increasing the availability of timely and accurate data to allow services to be better designed for patients. Patient data will be combined with information from other care settings such as hospitals with the intention of improving healthcare overall and to aid research.
The data to be extracted from GP systems will include personal confidential data such as referrals, all NHS prescriptions and other clinical data. Identifiers such as NHS No and Date of Birth will be used to link your data to that from other sources.
We are raising you awareness of the care.data service and would like to inform you that you have a right to opt out of this. Opting out will prevent your data from being shared. You can opt out of care.data completely, or alternatively allow your personal information to go to The Health & Social Care Information Centre but prevent it from being shared with any other parties such as researchers.
To help you understand this process we have attached the following three documents for you to read:
You can also find more information available at the NHS Care.Data website by clicking here.
If you would not like this information to be shared, please contact North Curry Health Centre and we will ensure your medical records are not made available to this process.
Data Sharing Opt out Form