Sharing data for purposes other than direct care
This GP Practice works closely with other Practices in the local area and NHS Guildford & Waverley CCG to ensure that a range of health and social care services are in place to meet the needs of our patients.
To be able to best understand the future needs of the area we need to fully understand which services our patients use currently. Therefore from early 2020 this practice will start sharing certain data relating to our patients with the CCG, so this can be linked with data they hold, and we can use this when we are planning and evaluating health and social care services provided for you.
This data will also be used for Population Health Management, which is an approach aimed at improving the physical and mental health outcomes and wellbeing of an entire population whilst reducing health inequalities within and across that population. It helps us to understand the current, and predict the future, health and care needs so we can take action in tailoring better care and support with individuals, design more joined up and sustainable health and care services, and make better use of public resources.
In line with NHS requirements, the data used for these purposes will be de-identified. This means that any data that could be used to identify you (such as your name, date of birth, or NHS Number) is removed or replaced with a pseudonym so that those we share this data with will not be able to identify you.
You will only ever be re-identified if we discover that you may benefit from a particular health intervention, in which case only the relevant staff who are responsible for offering that service to you will be able to see your personal information.
The data used for this activity will be held securely and will only be accessed by organisations that have robust data protection and security related controls in place and appropriate accreditation. These include:
- NHS NEL Commissioning Support Unit & Apollo Medical Software Solutions (www.nelcsu.nhs.uk) – which undertake the data extraction and de-identification
- NHS North West Surrey CCG & Optum Health Solutions (www.nwsurreyccg.nhs.uk) – which undertake the data linking and analysis
In line with your rights under Data Protection Legislation and the NHS Constitution you have a choice about whether you want your 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 wish to object to your data being used in this way and opt out you can do this now, or at any time in the future, by contacting the Practice Manager. This will not affect the care and treatment you receive from the Practice or your eligibility to access health and social care services.
Further information relating to the way in which the Practice uses your information (including details of your information related rights and how to exercise these) can be found in the GP Practice’s main Privacy Notice.