Opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data (Type 1 Opt-out)
IMPORTANT PATIENT INFORMATION action required by 23rd June 2021
Newquay Health Centre is one of many organisations working in the health and care system to improve care for patients and the public.
Whenever you use a health or care service, such as attending Accident & Emergency or using Community Care services, important information about you is collected in a patient record for that service. Collecting this information helps to ensure you get the best possible care and treatment.
The information collected about you when you use these services can also be used and provided to other organisations for purposes beyond your individual care, for instance to help with:
- improving the quality and standards of care provided
- research into the development of new treatments
- preventing illness and diseases
This may only take place when there is a clear legal basis to use this information. All these uses help to provide better health and care for you, your family and future generations. Confidential patient information about your health and care is only used like this where allowed by law.
Most of the time, anonymised data is used for research and planning so that you cannot be identified in which case your confidential patient information isn’t needed.
You have a choice about whether you want your confidential patient information to be used in this way. If you are happy with this use of information you do not need to do anything. If you do choose to opt out your confidential patient information will still be used to support your individual care.
This link from NHS Digital explains why data is shared, it contains their transparency & privacy notices for doing so and also points to links where the patient can opt out if they want to: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/transparency-notice?fbclid=IwAR2h07o26rVYlJLrCCuoA65NSwYJhDVMzWyyLSa_nevV2VTdtzpSvCL6DmE#top
Data sharing with NHS Digital will start on 1 July 2021.
If you wish to register a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice before data sharing starts with NHS Digital, this should be done by returning this form to us by 23 June 2021 to allow time for processing it. If you have previously registered a Type 1 Opt-out and you would like to withdraw this, you can also use the form to do this. You can send the form by post to Newquay Health Centre, St Thomas Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1RU or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the national number on 0300 3035678 for a form to be sent out to you. Please DO NOT call the practice for a form.
Summary Care Record (SCR)
There is a Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses help you when you contact them when the surgery is closed. Initially, it will contain just your medications and allergies.
Later on as the central NHS computer system develops, (known as the ‘Summary Care Record’ – SCR), other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access it along with information from hospitals, out of hours services, and specialists letters that may be added as well.
Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on central NHS databases.
As with all systems there are pros and cons to think about. When you speak to an emergency doctor you might overlook something that is important and if they have access to your medical record it might avoid mistakes or problems, although even then, you should be asked to give your consent each time a member of NHS Staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.
On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and wish to keep your information at the level of this practice. Connecting for Health (CfH), the government agency responsible for the Summary Care Record have agreed with doctors’ leaders that new patients registering with this practice should be able to decide whether or not their information is uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System.
For existing patients it is different in that it is assumed that you want your record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.
Your choices on information we hold about you:
Where we collect and use information that could identify you, you can make certain choices, including whether to opt out of sharing your confidential patient information.
- We help information on you to be shared efficiently with the professionals that care for you through the Summary Care Record system. You can opt out of having a Summary Care Record. Please click here for further information on how to make choices about your Summary Care Record.