You may have become aware of a Government initiative to extract data from patient records for the purposes of health service planning. The practice has received numerous enquiries and the main points have been summarised for your perusal:
GPs are legally required, under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, to disclose data to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) for the purposes of the national data programme unless an individual patient has objected.
This means, as a practice, we do not have a choice.
Practices have an obligation to raise awareness in patients so you understand these changes and that you, the patient, has an opportunity to object and how to do so (please see below).
Extraction commenced in 2018
Patients may also obtain further information by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/# where you will find further information. Leaflets are available in our waiting areas.
Patients who have opted out of Summary Care Record (SCR)
National data opt out and Summary Care Record are two quite different initiatives:
Summary Care Record
-is an electronic health record that provides healthcare staff with rapid access to essential information about a patient in order to provide them with direct care and treatment.
-extracts data from all care settings to ensure commissioners and providers obtain a more complete and balanced picture of care being delivered to NHS patients to address variations in the quality, efficiency and equity of health service provision.
Opt-out of Summary Care Record does NOT opt patients out of National data
Note: Any unidentifiable data will still be extracted from all records regardless of patient choice.