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GPs back patient-data awareness campaign

GP leaders are backing a campaign to raise public awareness of a programme to share patient data for service planning and research.

data computerNHS England and the HSCIC (Health and Social Care Information Centre) today launched the awareness drive for, a service designed to provide commissioners with accurate and timely information to improve health services and patient outcomes.

The aim is to provide up-to-date information to help commissioners and clinicians to improve treatments, services and care outcomes.

GPC IT subcommittee chair Paul Cundy said: ‘The BMA is extremely pleased that NHS England has announced a major national campaign designed to raise awareness about changes to the way patient data is handled.

‘It is vital that we ensure the public is fully aware [of] these proposals.’


Public information drive

The implementation of in GP practices began during the summer.

Although practices will be notified in advance of any planned extraction they should use all available time to raise patient awareness prior to extraction. 

GPs can record a patient’s objection in the health record, which will prevent confidential data being shared outside of their GP practice other than in exceptional circumstances such as a public health emergency.

There will be a dedicated area for patients about on the NHS Choices website and further information on NHS England and HSCIC websites.

NHS England is planning to distribute a leaflet into every household in the UK in January.

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