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Please take time to read this information and download the leaflets:

  • What is care.data?
    • Care.data is a programme where patient information is extracted from clinical records in order to support commissioning, planning and research. The programme is led by NHS England and managed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The HSCIC was set up in April
      2014 to provide a secure environment for the activities of this programme. It also has a legal duty to gather, analyse and distribute information about health and social care activity, in order to produce evidence about the success rate of treatment, the efficiency of patient pathways and to
      support medical research.
  • How does it work?
    • The HSCIC will extract the personal, confidential data using a system called the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES). It will be necessary to use the NHS number to maintain links between primary care activity and acute care. The subsequent information will be issued by the HSCIC in an anonymous form that will not identify individuals keeping patient confidential.
  • Can patients object?
    • The Health and Social Care Act 2012 has made it a legal requirement for healthcare providers such as GP practices to share patient data with the HSCIC, unless the patient expressly objects. A public awareness campaign began in January 2014. To read more about care.data or to download an opt out form please see the attached>>>>>>>:
  • What is the Summary Care Record?
    • The NHS in England is using an electronic record called the Summary Care Record to support patient care. All the settings where you receive healthcare keep their own medical records about you. These places can often only share information from your records by letter, fax or phone. At
      times, this can delay information sharing and this can affect decision making and slow down treatment.
      Click here for more information….
  • About your Summary Care Record
    • Your Summary Care Record contains important information about any medicines you are taking, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have previously experienced. Allowing authorised healthcare staff to have access to this information will improve decision making by doctors and other healthcare professionals and has prevented mistakes being made when patients are being cared for in an emergency or when their GP practice is closed.

Leaflets for Download