Sharing your NHS Patient Data
Information sharing in the NHS is subject to rigorous regulation and governance to ensure your full identifiable and personal medical data is kept confidential and only ever seen by carefully vetted doctors, nurses and administrative staff responsible for overseeing your care.
With the development of information technology the NHS will increasingly be sharing key information from your GP medical notes with Out of Hours GP Services, Hospital A&E Units, Community Hospitals, Community Nurses all of whom may at various times in your life be looking after you. Sharing information can improve both the quality and safety of care you receive and in some cases can be vital in making life-saving decisions about your treatment.
There are currently two different elements of "sharing NHS patient information"
- SCR = The NHS Summary Care Record
- Local Shared Care Record
SCR = NHS Summary Care Record
The NHS Summary Care Record was introduced many years ago to help deliver better and safer care; it contains basic information about:
- Any allergies you may have
- Unexpected reactions to medication
- Any prescriptions you have recently received
The intention of the SCR is to help clinicians in Hospital A&E Departments and GP 'Out of Hours' health services to give you safe, timely and effective treatment. Clinicians are only allowed to access your SCR record if they are authorised to do so and, even then, only if you give your express permission. You will be asked if healthcare staff can look at your Summary Care Records every time they need to, unless it is an emergency, for instance if you are unconscious. You can refuse if you think access is unnecessary.
Over time, health professionals treating you may add details about any health problems and summaries of your care. Every time further information is added to your record, you will be asked if you agree (explicit consent).
Patients under 16 years have an NHS Summary Care Record created for them so if you are the patient or guardian of a child then please either make this information available to them or decide and act on their behalf.
For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website
Local Shared Care Record
Many people think that their GP health record is available to all healthcare professionals involved in their care, but this is not always the case.
At the moment, each professional a patient sees keeps a separate record. This can mean some important information not being communicated between health services as well as it could be. Having a single electronic record with all health information in one place means that care providers can give patients the most safe and efficient care possible. Health information recorded at Wallingbrook Health Group can be shared digitally with other health and care organisations where patients are being treated. Wallingbrook Health Group asks patients if they wish to share their information on an individual patient basis with regard to record sharing.
Sharing IN determines whether or not our GP Practice can view information in your record that has been entered by other NHS services who are providing care for you or who may provide care for you in the future (that you have consented to share out).
Sharing OUT controls whether information recorded at our GP Practice can be shared with other NHS health Care providers.
Making your local health record work better for you
Shared Records FAQ
Further information can be found at https://www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk/ccg-wide-projects/local-shared-care-record-101516
Your Data Matters to the NHS
Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments.
In May 2018, the strict rules about how this data can and cannot be used were strengthened. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.
You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning.
To find out more visit: www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/