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Patient Online Services - April 2016

Dyneley House Surgery has offered patients’ facilities to book appointments and order their repeat prescriptions ‘on-line’ since 2011.

From 1 April, we are able to offer patients the facility to view information from their medical record. 

Please ask at Reception about the process of registering to be able to access this facility.

NHS Friends & Family Test

We welcome your feedback and would be really pleased if you can spare a few minutes to complete the new NHS Friends & Family Test. You can find the survey in the 'Have your say' section on the homepage of the website.

Named Accountable GP

From the 1 April 2015, under the terms and conditions of the General Medical Services Contract, the Practice is required to allocate a named, accountable GP to all registered patients.

 

If you wish to know who your allocated GP is, or have a preference as to which GP you are allocated, please contact Reception.

 

These new arrangements do not prevent you making an appointment or seeing any GP at the Practice as patients have always been able to.

 

GP Earnings

From April 2016, all doctors’ practices are required to declare the mean earnings (average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients. 

The average pay for GPs working in Dyneley House Surgery in the last financial year was £70,695 before tax and National Insurance.  This is for 2 full time GPs, 7 part time GPs and 0 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.”

NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the Practice are publicised and the required disclosure is shown above. However it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the Practice and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.

Accessible Information Standard - Making Health & Social Care Information Accessible

The Accessible Information Standard will come into force from 31 July 2016 across health and social care in England. Our aim is to make sure disabled people have access to information that they can understand and any communication support they might need.

You can find out more by reading this guide in easy words and pictures. You can also watch a video in British Sign Language (BSL) or listen to an audio recording.

We are currently working towards the standard.  The first thing we need to do is identify those people with information and communication needs. Please help us to do this.

Let us know if you have a disability, impairment or sensory loss, and the kind of information and communication support that you need.

We will record this on your medical records.  This will help us to be prepared the next time you use our services. Please ask a member of the Practice Team if you need any further information or assistance.

Sharing Your Records: Your Personal Information

Information about you is used in a number of ways by the NHS and social care services to support your personal care and to improve health and social care services for everyone. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is the national NHS organisation with a legal responsibility to collect data as people make use of NHS and social care services. The data is used both at a local level and nationally to help with planning, managing your care, supporting research into new treatments, identifying trends and issues and so forth and is used to try to make services better for all. You can, however, choose not to have information about you shared or used for any purpose beyond providing your own treatment or care.

Your Right to Opt Out

You can choose not to have anything that could identify you shared beyond your GP practice. You can also choose for the HSCIC not to share information it collects from all health providers any further.   If you have previously told your GP practice that you don't want the HSCIC to share your personal confidential information for purposes other than your own care and treatment, your opt-out will have been implemented by the HSCIC from 29 April 2016. It will remain in place unless you change it.   Simply contact your GP either to register an opt-out or end an opt-out you have already registered and they will update your medical record. Your GP practice will also be able to confirm whether or not you have registered an opt-out in the past.   You can find more information about how the HSCIC handles your information and choices and how it manages your opt-out on the HSCIC website www.hscic.gov.uk/yourinfo

Confidentiality

laptop_and_chainThe Practice complies with Data Protection and Access to Medical Records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:

 

  • To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
  • To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
  • When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.

If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.

Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.

The care.data Programme

The NHS in England is commissioning a new, modern data service from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) on behalf of the entire health and social care system. Known as ‘care.data’, the programme will eventually cover all care settings in England, including hospitals and GP practices.

Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, NHS England has directed the HSCIC to collect information from all providers of NHS care including Townhead Surgery. This will start to happen in the autumn and initially will cover the period from April 2013 onwards.

Any data that is uploaded will not include your name but it will include your date of birth, gender, NHS number and your postcode. The data is pooled anonymously and we are assured that individual patients cannot be identified.

Sharing information can help improve understanding, locally and nationally, of the most important health needs and the quality of the treatment and care provided by local health services. It may also help researchers by supporting studies that identify patterns in diseases, responses to different treatments and potential solutions.

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). If you do not want information about you to be shared as part of the care.data Programme, ask your GP or another member of the Practice Team to make a note of this in your records. Your choice will not affect the care you receive.

A leaflet about the Programme can be collected from the Surgery. 

eMED3 (Fit Note) Data Provision Notice

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) will begin to collect anonymous data from Wednesday 27 January 2016 on patients who have been issued with a fit note. Historical data backdating to 1 December 2014 will be collected in the first extract, subsequent extracts are on a weekly schedule, until the end of August 2018.

This information is required by the HSCIC under section 259(1) of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. In line with section 259(5) of the Act, all general practices in England, including Dyneley House Surgery must comply with the requirement and provide information to the HSCIC in the form, manner and period specified in the Data Provision Notice. 

The data is being collected on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions to:

 undertake research analysis to inform policy relating to employment and sickness absence, including evaluation of the Fit for Work programme.

 help identify geographic level differences in return to work so that national and local providers can respond to provide appropriate services.

The data collected is anonymised data and, includes the type and duration of the fit note; recommendations for adjustments to enable a return to work; diagnostic codes; geographic area and gender.

Freedom of Information

Dyneley House Surgery Publication Scheme.

This is a guide to the Practice Publication Scheme.

Download version click here

 
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