Data Protection

The practice fully complies with the Data Protection Act 1998. Under the Act patients have a right to be informed whether personal data about them is being processed and have the right to access the data. Patients can review the data processed and formal applications for access should be made in writing to the practice manager, Lesley Davis . A fee may be charged for this.

The Data Protection Act contains eight Data Protection Principles. These state that all data must be:

  • Processed fairly and lawfully
  • Obtained & used only for specified and lawful purposes
  • Adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Accurate and where, necessary, kept up to date
  • Kept for no longer than necessary
  • Processed in accordance with the individuals rights (as defined)
  • Kept secure
  • Transferred only to countries that offer adequate data protection

The Data Protection Act requires that appropriate security measures are in place to safeguard against unauthorised or unlawful access/processing of personal data.

Data Protection Act 1998 Chapter 29

A print version is also available and is published by The Stationery Office Limited as the Data Protection Act 1998 , ISBN 0 10 542998 8.

Braille copies of this Act can also be purchased at the same price as the print edition by contacting TSO Customer Services on 0870 600 5522 or email: customer.services@tso.co.uk.

Further information about the publication of legislation can be found by referring to the Frequently Asked Questions on the HMSO website.

Information sharing as proposed by NHS England is summarised below:

Summary Care record

This is a NATIONAL system that takes information re a patient’s medication and allergies only, so that it is available if a patient is taken ill anywhere else in the country.

**Patients wishing to OPT OUT should ask for an Opt Out form at reception

Connecting Care Record

This is a LOCAL system that takes the summary information (Priority 1) from a patient’s record. This will be available to local Cambridge Hospitals and local Out of Hours.

**Patients wishing to OPT OUT need to down load the form from Intranet .

Care Data or HSCIC

This is a NATIONAL system that takes identifiable patient information including that regarding chronic diseases, BMI, BP etc into a central system at the HSCIC (Health & Social Care Information Centre) for central “Planning” and “Research”

**Patients wishing to OPT OUT should ask for an Opt Out form at reception

Note: This information may also be passed to private third parties

**Patients wishing to OPT OUT should ask for an Opt Out form at reception

More information can be found at www.nhs.uk/caredata or www.hscic.gov.uk

Or you can speak to staff at the surgery.

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