Sharing of Information




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.


Sharing of information within the local area

Many GP and community services within Cambridgeshire use the same medical information system as us, namely SystmOne. As such it is possible for other health organisations involved in your care, such as the district nurses or out of hours service, to see your medical record when they are treating you. Accessing and updating your record allows for improved continuity of care and is generally safer.

It also means that we as your primary record keeper, can see consultations that you have had within other organisations. This sharing of information can only happen with your consent, and you can opt out of this record sharing whenever you wish. Please note that we would need your express consent to set up the sharing in the first place and it has 2 elements to it, one of sharing in information into your GP record, and the other of sharing elements of your record out to clinicians in other organisations.