In April 2014, NHS began uploading patient information. Please see below more information regarding this and how you can opt out if you so wish.
NHS England is commissioning a modern data service from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) on behalf of the entire health and social care system. Known as
care.data , this programme will build on the existing data services such as the Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) service, which was launched in 1989, and expand it to provide linked data, that will eventually cover all care settings, both in and outside of hospital.
Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, NHS England has the power to direct the HSCIC to collect information from all providers of NHS care, including general practices. The specification of the data to be extracted by GP practices were considered by the Joint GP IT Committee of the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners, as well as an independent advisory group. Details are available here: http://www.england.nhs.uk/caredata
The General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) will be used to extract GP data each month. Initially the data will cover the period from April 2013 onwards. The identifiers to be extracted are: NHS number, date of birth, postcode, and gender which will allow patients’ GP data to be linked to their hospital data. No free text will be extracted, only coded information about referrals, NHS prescriptions and other clinical data. The technical specification of the extract can be found at http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/tsd/data-info/
So far the practice has:
1. We have provided posters and leaflets for your use (further details are provided under ‘Guidance and Resources’ below). The posters are displayed in the practice the information leaflets available to patients.
2.NHS England are sending out to patients homes a leaflet which explains how and what this data is being downloaded for.
3. Staff should respond to any queries or concerns from patients by directing them to the patient leaflet and providing the opt out form if a patient wishes to opt out.
OPT OUT FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM YOUR GP RECEPTION, WHICH CAN BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO THE SURGERY TO BE CODED.