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Care.Data - shares your information with the Deaprtment of Health Information Centre (HSCIS)

The Care.Data programme has been commissioned by NHS England on behalf of the NHS, Public Health and Social Care Services.  Unless your specifically opt out it allows the Department of Health Information Centre (HSCIC) to extract information from your records for the use in monitoring the quality of hospital care, for planning NHS Services and for conducting research into new treatments.

Who would have access to my information?

The Department of Health Information Centre (HSCIC).  Once anonymised it can, on occasions, be made availalbe to approved researchers, as well as private companies, if this is allowed by law and meets the rules that are in place to protect your privacy.

What is the benefit of sharing my information?

Sharing information about the care you have received helps us understand the health needs of everyone and the quality of the treatment and care provided.  it also helps researchers by supporting studies that identify patterns in diseases, responses to different treatments, and the effectiveness of different services. Insurnace companies could build up a database of future customers in preparation of a privatised health system.

You can choose whether or not to share your information:

If you choose to share your information, you do not need to do anything. This will happen automatically.

If you choose not to share your information:

If you choose not to share your information, you need to let us know. Please speak to a member of staff to register that you DO NOT WISH to share your information for Care. Data purposes. Alternatively please complete the dissent form and hand it in to a receptionist at the surgery.

For further information on the Care.Data Programme please visit the NHS Choices website at: or call the dedicated patient information line on 0300 456 3531

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