Information sharing with other agencies
Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential.
You may be receiving care from other people as well as the NHS. So that we can
all work together for your benefit we may need to share some information about you.
We only ever use or pass on information about you if people have a genuine need for it in your and everyone’s interest. Whenever we can we shall remove details, which identify you. The sharing of some types of very sensitive personal information is strictly by law.
Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it
THE MAIN REASONS FOR WHICH INFORMATION MAY BE NEEDED ARE:
- Giving you health care and treatment
- Looking after the health of the general public
- Managing and planning the NHS for example
- Making sure that our services can meet patient needs in the future
- Paying your doctor, nurse, dentist, or other staff, and the hospital which treats you for the care they provide
- Auditing accounts
- Preparing statistics on NHS performance and activity (where steps will be taken to ensure you cannot be identified)
- Investigating complaints or legal claims
- Helping staff to review the care they provide to make sure it is of the highest standard
- Training and educating staff (but you can choose whether or not to be involved personally)
- Research approved by the Local Research Ethics Committee. (If anything to do with the research would involve you personally, you will be contacted to see if you are willing to take part. You will not be identified in any published results without your agreement)