What is Care.Data?
Care.data is a programme of work led by NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre which will bring together securely, health and social care information from different settings in order to see what’s working really well in the NHS – and what we could be doing better. Using data in this way is known as data sharing for purposes beyond direct care, and the information will only be shared if it will benefit patient care.
Collecting and connecting information nationally will help us to;
- better understand diseases and develop drugs and treatments that can change lives;
- understand patterns and trends in public health and disease to ensure better quality care is available to everyone;
- plan services that make the best of limited NHS budgets for the health and wellbeing of everyone;
- monitor the safety of drugs and treatments; and
- compare the quality of care provided in different areas of the country.
We would like to express some facts and a source of alternative reading;
- Care.Data is never mentioned in the leaflet you will receive
- The care.data project is entirely voluntary for patients
- Unless you OPT OUT, your GP records will be included
- Your Hospital record will automatically be included, you cannot opt out of your hospital record being used.
- Care.Data is not anonymous.
- The information is NOT available to other Health Care Professionals or those related to your medical care.
- You cannot stop the NHS using your anonymous record.
- Eventually, organisations outside of the NHS will have access to this data.
For more information please look at the following websites. Copies are available from Reception.
http://care-data.info (This non-commercial website represents the personal views of Dr Neil Bhatia, GP and Caldicott Guardian for the Oaklands Practice in Yateley.)
NHS Choices Website (provided by NHS Choices)
HSCIC Website (provided by HSCIC)
Generic Opt Out Form (This form can be found on medConfidential website)
You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website