Historically your GP medical information has always been stored by us as your GP. We pride ourselves on keeping this information confidential and secure.
Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, there were important changes to allow the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to insist that GPs give over personal confidential information, without seeking patient consent.
The intended purpose behind this is so we, the NHS, can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, so we can see what has worked best.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the best care possible for everyone.
There has been concern that the public awareness campaign has been inadequate, leading to a lack of awareness about the changes and the patients' right to object. This concern has led to a delay to the roll-out of the extracts until Autumn 2014.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or download the opt out form below, complete it and return it to the practice.
If you are wanting to opt out of the care.data scheme then you may also wish to read about the Summary Care Record (SCR) here. A separate opt out form is required for the SCR.
We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.
You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website