Better information means better care
Starting this week (Monday 13th January), households in East Midlands, West Midlands and East of England will receive information from NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) about the introduction to care.data - a programme that will use information to improve the safety and care of patients.
The leaflet explains how the initiative will work and the benefits it will bring as well as how peoples’ information will be used and their right to object if they have concerns. Over 22 million leaflets will be door dropped over the coming month.
Data that will be extracted from GP systems for care.data includes information such as family history, vaccinations, diagnosis, referrals, biological values and all NHS prescriptions as well as identifiers including date of birth, postcode, NHS number and gender.
Once the leaflet has been received, patients will then have a minimum of four weeks to read the leaflet and register their objection at the GP practice, if they wish to do so, before the first extraction of data begins. If you would like to opt-out please download and complete the form below and bring it in to the surgery.
A patient information telephone line (0300 456 3531) has also been put in place so that members of the public can call and speak to a trained operator about any queries they may have after reading the leaflet.
For further information please follow the link below:
Better Information Means Better Care leaflet (.pdf)
Patient FAQ's (.pdf)
Care Data Opt Out form (.pdf)