The 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.
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