NHS Data Sharing Schemes
There are a number of schemes and services that run both nationally and locally within the NHS. The overall aims of the schemes and services are all very similar; they focus on improving your safety as a patient, improving your access to care and giving you a more satisfying experience overall. The three schemes and services that we currently take part in are:
- NHS Summary Care Record
- Your Care Connected
It is important that you understand how each of these services will use your information to benefit the care you receive within the NHS. It is also important that you understand that taking part in any of these schemes is completely your choice—if you would like to opt out of any of the schemes at any point you can let us know at the Reception and we will make sure your preference is set in the right way.
More information about these schemes is available in the following places:
Summary Care Record:
Your Care Connected
Your data is kept confidential and safe in all of these schemes. Your information will be used solely for improving your care and with your permission. It will not be used for other purposes, such as research, or given/sold to third parties.
The Practice underwent a process for all existing registered patients to opt out of any of the schemes above when they first began in the Practice. If at that stage you didn’t choose to opt out you were automatically opted in to these schemes. All new patients when registering at the Practice for the first time will be provided with information about all the schemes to allow them to make an informed decision about joining the scheme. Their decision will be recorded on the registration form and recorded in their computerised medical record.
Children are also automatically opted in—you may request on their behalf to opt them out, however in some cases a doctor may decide it is important for the child to stay in the schemes
If you would like to opt out, or would like any more information on any of the schemes, please contact the Reception for more details.