Under the new Health and Social Care Act, GP practices will soon be required to supply data to the Health & Social Care Information Centre.
This differs from the information provided to form a Summary Care Record and is sent to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and will be used to plan and improve services for all patients
Information will be extracted electronically from the Practice in a form that can identify you. The Practice has to provide this information. However, individual patients can instruct us to stop the transfer of their data. If you choose to opt out of having your data uploaded, you need to let us know and your electronic notes will be coded to stop the data being sent.
There are important differences between allowing the NHS to use your information for planning and research and the Summary Care Record (SCR). The SCR may be used by any health professional in the country to provide you with care. If you have chosen not to have a SCR this does not automatically mean you also wish to stop the use of your information being used to improve health services.
Pick up a leaflet from the Practice or follow this link for more in-depth information regarding Care.data.