Care Data

your care data

How data in your GP record is used and how you can control the use (opt-out)

As a practice, we fully respect your right as a patient to control your data. We outline our privacy policy  Privacy Notice in more detail on our website and explain how we share data with other providers, including the Great North Care Record and NHS Digital for secondary use.

You have the right to opt-out at any time from data being shared.

Your data is used in broadly two different ways:

1. To provide you with care. This is called “Primary Use

2. To allow for planning and research to be done. This is called “Secondary Use

Both uses will only be made where it is considered secure and appropriate to use patient data.

Opting-out of data sharing is an option for all patients, however it is not without potential downsides. For Primary Use data, if you opt-out and need care in a local hospital, for example, it may be much harder for the staff to access important medical information about you needed to provide safe and effective care. For Secondary Use, the downsides are more indirect. If everyone in the country were to opt-out, it would make it much harder to ensure funding is used in the NHS to develop services where they are needed. It would also be harder to develop new treatments.

It is possible to opt-out of specific parts of data sharing, while keeping some elements of data sharing in place. It is very common, for example, for people who have privacy concerns about Secondary Use, to be happy to continue sharing data for Primary Use/Direct Care.

The below table summarises what opt-outs are possible, and how to request them:

How data in your GP record is used, and how you can control the use

Primary Use - sharing your data for your direct care

Who it is shared with

How it is used

How to opt out

Summary Care Record

These are used by NHS hospitals and other providers (e.g. midwives) to ensure they have the data needed to provide you with the right care.

Opt out through your GP practice - contact the surgery reception to speak to the practice manager/office manager to discuss this and we will be able to apply the opt-out

Great North Care Record

Secondary Use - Using your data to design health services and do health research

Who it is shared with

How it is used

How to opt out

Local NHS Organisations (such as Clinical Commissioning Groups)

Using data to plan how to design local services around the needs of the population

Use a 'type-1 opt out' - Please send this form to the practice by emailing to Stynccg.trinitymc@nhs.net

NHS Digital

Using data to plan and design national services around the needs of the population

External research organisations

Using data for various research purposes

Use the National Data Opt-out – Visit the NHS website, use the NHS App or call 0300 3035678

 

Please read our practice privacy notice which is an explanation of what information the practice collects on patients, and how it is used.

How to manage your sharing preferences using the NHS App

You can view or change your current preference at any time.

To view and change your preference in the NHS App:

  1. Go to Your health
  2. Select Choose if data from your health and care records is shared for planning and research.
  3. Select Make your choice.
  4. Review the information on the page, then select Start now.
  5. View your preference, then select Change if you want to change it.
  6. Update your choice, then select Submit.

You can also visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.

How data in your GP record is used

doc Privacy Notice COVID19

doc How information about you helps us to provide better care

doc Care Data - Frequently Asked Questions

doc Opt Out Form - Download, complete and return to the practice

National Diabetes Audit:

This GP practice is taking part in an important national project about people at risk of diabetes and diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. The project is called the National Diabetes Audit (NDA).

If you have diabetes, non-diabetic hyperglycaemia, impaired glucose tolerance or pre-diabetes, your GP practice will share information about your diabetes care and treatment with the NDA. The type of information, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security.

For more details about how your information is used, please see the NDA patient information leaflet.

National Diabetes Audit - how your information is used

You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website

 



 
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