We have a legal obligation under the Data Protection act to ensure that all information held and processed about you complies with the principles of this act.
Sometimes the law requires us to pass on information, for example, sudden death. We only ever pass on information about you if people have a genuine need for it and it is in your best interest that information is disclosed. Most data we disclose is anonymised ie your personal details are not disclosed.


Your medical information may now be used by your GP and other healthcare providers in new ways.  You have a choice about this. If you want to discuss any of this information please ask to speak to the practice manager.  If you wish to opt out of any of the options below please inform a member of the reception team. 

Summary Care Record (SCR)                                                         

· What it is:  Basic but important details relating to the medicines you take, allergies you have and any medicines that make you ill.

· Who it’s shared with: Healthcare professionals in an emergency (e.g. in A & E)

· Why it’s useful:   could be particularly important in an emergency situation when you may not be able to talk directly to those caring for you. 


Enhanced Data Sharing Model (eDSM)                                  

· What it is:  your GP records.

· Who it’s shared with: Your GP, Healthcare professionals at another NHS establishment (such as a Walk in Centre or Urgent Care Centre etc)

· Why it’s useful: If you attend for medical reasons to get the best possible treatment. However, they will only be able to view your records if they ask your permission to do so and they must record that you agree to this and to any information they record to be relayed to your GP.  If you do not agree they will not view your record.


Risk Stratification                                                                                    

· What it is:  your health related information.

· Who it’s shared with: Health professionals working in different organisations (e.g. the Clinical Commissioning Groups, the Health & Social Care Information Centre).

· Why it’s useful:   The NHS seeks to make the best use of limited resources when delivering their services to the public.  One means of doing this is to identify individuals or communities at greatest risk of developing certain conditions, such as diabetes. These risk calculations allow us to make decisions on the best course of treatment for you.            

· What it is:  information about your care from those involved in providing care and health services, including information such as your postcode and NHS number to link your records from these different places. A secure system is used to protect your identity. We sometimes release confidential information to approved researchers, if this is allowed by law and meets the strict rules that are in place to protect your privacy. We will only use the minimum information needed to improve patient care and services.

· Who it’s shared with: those who plan health and social care services, as well as approved researchers and organisations outside the NHS, if this will benefit patient care.

· Why it’s useful: Sharing information helps us understand health needs 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.