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, to collect data covering all care settings both in and outside of hospital.
Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, NHS England has the power to direct the HSCIC to collect information from all providers of NHS care, including general practices.
Sharing such information can help improve understanding, locally and nationally, of the most important health needs and the quality of treatment and care provided by local health services. It may also help research into patterns in diseases, responses to different treatments and potential solutions.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system so that your identity is protected.
Strict guidelines must be adhered to before any information can be released and we want to assure you that, as your GPs and therefore guardians of the information we hold about you, we will be viligant on your behalf and be cautious about what information is shared.
If you do not want information to be shared outside your GP practice, ask us to make a note of this in your medical record. If you are happy for your information to be shared you do not need to do anything but you can change your mind at any time.
If you have any concerns of questions, either ask us at the surgery or visit www.nhs.uk/caredata or www.hscic.gov.uk.