NHS Data Matters
How the NHS and care services use your information
Hugglescote Surgery is one of many organisations working in the health and care system to improve care for patients and the public.
Whenever you use a health or care service, such as attending Accident & Emergency or using Community Care services, important information about you is collected in a patient record for that service. Collecting this information helps to ensure you get the best possible care and treatment.
The information collected about you when you use these services can also be used and provided to other organisations for purposes beyond your individual care, for instance to help with:
- improving the quality and standards of care provided
- research into the development of new treatments
- preventing illness and diseases
- monitoring safety
- planning services
This may only take place when there is a clear legal basis to use this information. All these uses help to provide better health and care for you, your family and future generations. Confidential patient information about your health and care is only used like this where allowed by law.
Most of the time, anonymised data is used for research and planning so that you cannot be identified in which case your confidential patient information isn’t needed.
You have a choice about whether you want your confidential patient information to be used in this way. If you are happy with this use of information you do not need to do anything. If you do choose to opt out your confidential patient information will still be used to support your individual care only.
To find out more information or to register your choice to opt out, please visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters. On this web page you will:
https://www.hra.nhs.uk/information-about-patients/ (which covers health and care research); and
https://understandingpatientdata.org.uk/what-you-need-know (which covers how and why patient information is used, the safeguards and how decisions are made)
You can change your mind about your choice at any time.
Data being used or shared for purposes beyond individual care does not include your data being shared with insurance companies or used for marketing purposes and data would only be used in this way with your specific agreement.
You have the choice to opt out; should you wish to do so you will need to complete the attached form below (Opt Out Form) and send this to our Practice. You can send this via post or email using email@example.com.
Please see below details of our privacy policies, you may see these notices in and around the surgery and in clinical rooms:
Supplementary COVID-19 Privacy Information
Privacy Notice for Care Quality Commission
Privacy Notice for Staff
Privacy Notice Emergencies
Privacy Notice for Direct Care
Privacy Notice for NHS Digital
Privacy Notice Safeguarding
Privacy Notice for Staff Vaccination Information