Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
It is important that we, the NHS, can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, so we can see what has worked best.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the best care possible for everyone.
It is important to understand that this is a different opt out to the Summary Care Record ( SCR ) that you may have opted out of after its launch in 2010. We are aware that there has been some confusion about the SCR and Care Data but they are two very different initiatives.
We strongly encourage you to view the 4 attachments below as these will help you to make up your mind as You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please complete the opt out form and return it to the surgery. If you have any queries or require further information you can go to the Care Data's own website or telephone their helpdesk ( see below ) or you can speak to the practice staff.
We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have. Please also tell your friends and neighbours as everyone needs to know about this as we are all affected.
You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website
or telephoning their helpline on 0300 456 3531