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National data sharing

How is your data used and protected

Most clinical records are now electronic, and this has enabled sharing of information between clinicians.  We enable access to records with Stockport A&E department, and with the out of hours provider (Mastercall) if you need to be seen when we are closed.  We are share clinical records with Viaduct Care (the GP Federation)  clinical staff such as Pharmacists, and GPs and nurses at weekend appointments and for home visits, for pharmacists with the out of hours provider when we are closed, and with the local A&E department.

In Stockport the wider clinical team, such as District Nurses and Community services have access to Stockport Health and Care Record, which is a system allowing them to access certain parts of a patient record to provide care for patients.  Anyone accessing this system should ask for your consent.

Obviously there are strict clinical governance policies to apply, requiring, in most case, that the clinician seeks your verbal consent to view your medical records, but in the interest of patient care most people would want there records to accessible in such circumstances.  Of course it is your choice, and if you do not wish to grant access then you can decline, or you can instruct the practice to apply a code so that no one can access your medical record other than your GP practice.

Lastly we are obliged to share data with NHS Digital as per the Health and Social Care Act 2012.  Every patient is entitled to opt out of sharing – please see below

National Data Opt Out

NHS Digital have issued a Data Provision Notice for Planning and Research.  This means we are required to share your information with them unless you tell us not to.

This relates to your health data being extracted for secondary use of data purposes eg analysis, research, planning etc. It is not related to primary, direct care purposes.

If you do not want to share your data for secondary care use purposes you must complete a Type 1 and Type 2 opt out (National Data Opt Out)

Type 1 opt out

This relates to preventing information held on your medical record at the Practice from being shared for research and planning purposes.  To opt out please complete and return the form below before 23rd June 2021.

National Data Opt Out Letter

Type 1 opt out form

National Data Opt Out (previously known as Type 2)

This allows you to opt out of any of their confidential data held by other organisations with the NHS being used for research. To complete this online submission click here

For more details please read our Keeping Patient Data Safe (National Opt Out) policy here

(this was closed down by the Department of Health in 2016)

Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.

It is important that 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.

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

We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.

Previous out opt form for Care.Data

Opt Out Form – Download, complete and return to the practice

How information about you helps us to provide better care information leaflet

Care Data – Frequently Asked Questions

Opt Out Form – Download, complete and return to the practice

You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website