Data Protection & GDPR

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The new Data Protection rules, General Data Protection Regulations, come into effect from 25th May 2018.

This means that the practice is now ensuring we are compliant with the new legislation.

There are some things that are not clear yet, some things we are working on, and some things we have completed.

The GDPR is something all GP practices are working towards and you may see a few changes to the information you are given. On the whole, the GDPR ensures that Information Governance and Information Security are at the forefront of any decisions that we make; ensuring your data and information is secure at all times. We want to reassure patients that we have always taken Data Protection extremely seriously and will continue to safeguard your information as patients.

What are we working towards?

We are working on our Data Security & Protection Toolkit – a new assessment tool all GP Practices should now be working on.

We are working on updating our Data Protection and Security policies. As not all of the information from the GDPR is clear we expect this to be an on-going process for a short while.

What have we updated?

We have updated our Privacy Notices:

Training

Staff have been trained on the new GDPR guidelines.

DPO

  • NAME: Paul Couldrey
  • ROLE: Data Protection Officer
  • Telephone – 0115 838 6770
  • Email – info@pcdc.org.uk

Further Information

If you would like to know more about the GDPR you might find these websites useful:

Please contact Izzy Culliss, Practice Manager, if you have any questions.

NHS Data – Why Your Data Matters

The NHS has updated the information around opting in or out of the national data sharing for patients. For more information please click here for the NHS pages: https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/

Care Data

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.

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 speak to practice staff or download the opt out form below, complete it and return it to the practice

We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.

You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website.