Better Information Means Better Care (previously known as Care.Data)
During January 2014, 26.5 million households in England will receive “Better Information Means Better Care”, a leaflet explaining the benefits of sharing information about the care they have received. Sharing information helps ensure that the quality and safety of services is consistent across the country and can also highlight different diseases and conditions that may require more NHS investment.
As explained in the leaflet, patients have the right to object to their data being used for purposes other than their direct care. If patients wish to restrict their data being used please complete the “Patient Choice" form and return it to the surgery.
An information line has been set up for patients to call if they have any questions or concerns about how their data are used. The patient helpline number is 0300 456 3531.
Dr Geraint Lewis, Chief Data Officer at NHS England, said: “The NHS has been collecting information like this from hospitals for decades but until now we’ve been missing information about the quality of care provided outside hospital. This initiative is about upgrading our information systems to get a more complete picture of the quality of care being delivered across all parts of the NHS and social care”
Better Information Means Better Care - leaflet
Patient Choice Form - please complete if you wish to opt-out, then return to the surgery
Care.data is a new national initiative developed by NHS England and managed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) which is designed to collect patient identifiable data from different healthcare providers (such as GPs, hospitals and community services) and bring it all together in one place. The purpose of this is intended to help the NHS design and develop future health care services and provided joined up information with regard to how patients are treated and managed between different NHS organisations.
The NHS and HSCIC have provided information and answers to some frequently asked questions which we would recommend our patients read.
You may also download related documents below.
All patients are by default opted in to this data extract but patients do have a choice and we are happy to record that choice in your medical record. If you wish to opt out, after reading the information from the NHS and HSCIC please print out the form below and return to the reception team at the practice. Alternatively, please ask reception for a leaflet and opt-out form next time you are in the practice.
Please note, if you are happy with your information to be collected and used as described in the NHS supplied information then you need not do anything.
Documents (all documents are PDF format)
NHS Care.Data Patient Information Leaflet
NHS Care.Data Frequently Asked Questions