A modern information system has been developed by NHS England which will make increased use of information from medical records with the intention of improving health services so tha the best possible care can be provided for everyone.
The system is called Care.data. This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, is sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information from hospitals to allow those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
The Health & Social Care Act obliges GP practices to comply with the law and disclose this information and we are unable to opt-out. How your information is used and shared is controlled by law and strict rules are in place to protect your identity.However, you have the right to prevent confidential information about you from being shared or used for any purpose other than providing your care, except in special circumstances.
You need to make a choice - if you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. However, if do not want information that identifies you to be shared outside the practice, please let us know. This will prevent your confidential information being used, other than when necessary by law (for example, if there is a public health emergency).
Please note that that opting-out of Care-data is separate to opting-out of the Summary Care Record (SCR), and opting-out of SCR will not prevent Care-data disclosure of your medical information.
This is a helpful website:
If you would like to opt-out please let us know by completing the op-out form available below or at Reception. Current information is that the roll-out is probably going to begin in this area in Autumn 2014.
Download the Care-data Opt-out form here