There are 2 ways that your electronic care record is shared with other NHS organisation in support of providing you with safe care:
1. The Summary Care Record
There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.
Why do I need a Summary Care Record?
Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.
This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.
Who can see it?
Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.
How do I know if I have one?
Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP
Do I have to have one?
No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.
For further information visit the NHS Care records website
Download the opt out form >>>>
2. My Care Record
My Care Record is a system that allows medical and social care professionals to access your up-to-date GP records so they can make the right choices about the care and medical attention you need. We already share records but often via less secure and less efficient routes such as telephone and fax.
For instance, hospital based staff will be able to access previous diagnoses, allergies, problems, medications you are already on and any tests you have already undergone.
Please see the Buckinghamshire CCG website for more details which also contains a link to an opt-out form, which should be completed and sent to:
The Information Team
The Swan Practice
26 High Street
3. National Data Sharing
There have been a number of reports in the media recently regarding a change in the General Practice Extraction Data System. The links below will give you some more information about making choices regarding data sharing.
Please do not send forms or letters to the practice we will not be able to opt out for you (unless you are opting out type 1) yes we know this is awfully confusing and not easy to navigate !
Please use the electronic links below if you wish to opt out. Please also read what opting out means. You have always been able to exercise your choice in this area and you can also change your mind and opt back in or opt out whenever you choose.
Please read the Mythbusting social media posts about the national data opt-out - NHS Digital https://digital.nhs.uk/…/nat…/mythbusting-social-media-posts
This link will take you to some more information about Make your choice about sharing data from your health records - NHS (www.nhs.uk) https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/
Opting out General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) - NHS Digital https://digital.nhs.uk/…/general-practice-data-for-planning…
Information and opting out is also outlined here General Practice Data for Planning and Research: GP Practice Privacy Notice - NHS Digital https://digital.nhs.uk/…/general-practice…/gp-privacy-notice
We adhere to the information contained within the NHS Buckinghamshire CCG privacy notice as linked here GP (Primary Care) Privacy Notice | Buckinghamshire CCG https://www.buckinghamshireccg.nhs.uk/primary-care-privacy…/
4. ICO Model Publication Scheme
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 all public authorities are required to have and operate a publication scheme approved by the Information Commissioner. Doctors providing medical services under most contracts with the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are public authorities in respect of information relating to those services.
It is the intention of the Information Commissioner that all public authorities should adopt and operate the one model scheme that has been approved. This is a very general scheme based on the principal that all public authorities need to recognize the public interest in the transparency of the services provided for and paid for by the general public. It is a commitment to make information easily available to the public.
Please find below our guide indicating what information will be provided, how it will be provided and whether any charge will be made for its provision.
Guide to Information provided by GP’s under the model publication scheme