All patient information is considered to be confidential and we comply fully with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Caldicott principles. All employees in the practice have access to this information in relation to their role, have confidentiality clauses in their contracts of employment and have signed a confidentiality agreement. All staff members adhere to the Confidentiality: NHS Code of Practice 2003.
Where appropriate, patient information may be shared with other parties within the care team involved in the direct care of patients, based on implied consent. This will be on a “need to know” basis only and in order to ensure the safe, effective care of patients. Where a patient wishes information not to be shared within the team providing direct care then they must discuss this with their GP.
Patient information will not be shared outside of the direct care team without consent being sought. An individual has the right to refuse to have their information disclosed, although this may have an impact on their care, and their wishes will be complied with.
There are currently three national data extractions from which patients may wish to “opt out”.
- Summary Care Record
The SCR enables healthcare staff providing care for patients in an emergency and from anywhere in England, to be made aware of any current medications or allergies they may suffer from. This information from every patient record is sent electronically up to the Spine in order for this to happen. If patients wish their information to be withheld from the SCR they can “opt out”. Please ask at reception for the SCR Opt Out Form or download one at: http://www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/optout/optout.pdf
In order to try and improve health services, NHS England has commissioned a new programme of work to create a complete picture of care provided to patients by social care, GP practices and from hospitals so that they can work out what is working well and where services can be improved. In order to achieve this, from Autumn 2014, the Health and Social Care Information Centre at Leeds will be extracting data from all GP clinical systems. This data will include your date of birth, full postcode, NHS number and gender together with diagnoses, information about referrals, and prescriptions. Sensitive information including HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, termination of pregnancy, IVF treatment, marital status, complaints, convictions, imprisonment, and abuse by others will not be extracted.
Once this information has been linked to the other information taken from hospitals a new record will be created. This new record will not contain information that identifies you. The type of information which is then shared, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and strict confidentiality rules.
If you wish to “opt out” and prevent an extraction of information from your record being taken please ask for further information at reception.
3. National Diabetes Audit (NDA)
From April 17, NHS England will direct GP practices and specialist services to supply patient identifiable data for the National Diabetes Audit – NHS Number, postcode, gender and date of birth are collected together with our GP practice code and information about your care and treatment for your diabetes. This is then linked with data from other organisations and used in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment.
The type of information, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security.
If you do not want your information to be used, please inform a receptionist, nurse or GP.