Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
It is important that we, the NHS, can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, so we can see what has worked best.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the best care possible for everyone.
You have a choice. You should receive a leaflet regarding this through your door very soon. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns, you could ring the patient information line which is also there to answer any questions or concerns that people have about how their data is used for these purposes. The information line is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 3pm. The number to call is 0300 456 3531. A text phone service is also available on 0208 7428620.
We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have. You may find this video link useful : http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/tsd/care-data/
You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website
Please consider all the information before you make a decision. You can pick up a copy of our opt out form at the surgery or download one here: Care Data Opt Out Form