NHS England have set up the care.data programme to enable them to extract information
from your electronic medical records with a view to using this data to help plan
health and social care in England.
The data will be extracted and linked to your NHS number, date of birth, gender and
your postcode, but not your name.
This will then be stored in a database at the Health and Social Care Information
Centre. It will predominantly be used by NHS England and the local commissioning
teams to plan health services.
The information could also potentially be accessed by other organisations outside
the NHS (such as for research purposes)
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR INFORMATION TO BE SHARED IN
THIS WAY YOU MUST CONTACT THE SURGERY TO OPT OUT
As part of the care.data programme, data regarding fitness to work notes issued from
December 2014 onwards will be automatically extracted from your records by the Health
and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
The extraction is intended to allow the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to
collect data on fit note usage to inform policy development and evaluate the Fit
for Work Service.
The data extracted will be fully anonymised.
The first extraction will occur in February 2016. If you have already opted out of
the care.data programme then your information will not be included.
Further information is available by following the link
Accessing Your Medical Records Online
From the 1st of April 2016 it is possible for you to access parts of your medical
record using the online access service.
This will provide you access to details of your medical records such as medical history,
medications, allergies and blood results.
In order to be given access to your medical records you must apply to the practice
completing the documentation available at reception. You will also require 2 forms
of identification (including photographic ID such as a passport or drivers’ license)
The practice will then review your records and process your application before enabling
the service. This process can take up to 30 days. It is at the discretion of the
practice as to whether to allow you access to your medical records.
If you would like more information or application for this service please contact