28 January 2014
Changes in how NHS information is used
Over the next four weeks, every household in England will
receive a leaflet from the NHS called '
Better Information Means Better Care'.
This explains the benefits of using information from people's
health records for purposes other than direct care, such as to
check the quality and safety of care and for research into clinical
conditions and treatments. Details which could identify individuals
are removed before this information is made available to
Information in people's hospital health records is already used
for these purposes. However, from spring of this year, information
from people's GP records will also be collected, such as
information about prescribing or test results.
As explained in the leaflet, people have a choice. If you are
happy for your information to be used, then you don't need to do
anything: there are no forms to complete and there is nothing to
sign. If you are unhappy, you can ask their GP to make an entry in
your medical notes to restrict your data being used.
If you have any questions or concerns, please
• discuss these with your GP
• call the dedicated information line 0300 456 3531
• or visit the NHS Choices website at: www.nhs.uk/caredata