Annex 1 - Communication from the Health and Social Care Information Center about opt-outs and your care information choices.
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Sharing your records: your personal information
Information about you is used in a number of ways by the NHS and social care services to support your personal care and to improve health and social care services for everyone.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is the national NHS organisation with a legal responsibility to collect data as people make use of NHS and social care services. The data is used both at a local level and nationally to help with planning, managing your care, supporting research into new treatments, identifying trends and issues and so forth, and is used to try to make services better for all.
You can, however, choose not to have information about you shared or used for any purpose beyond providing your own treatment or care.
Your right to opt out
You can choose not to have anything that could identify you shared beyond your GP practice. You can also choose for the HSCIC not to share information it collects from all health providers any further.
If you have previously told your GP practice that you don't want the HSCIC to share your personal confidential information for purposes other than your own care and treatment, your opt-out will have been implemented by the HSCIC from April 29 2016. It will remain in place unless you change it.
Simply contact your GP either to register an opt-out or end an opt-out you have already registered and they will update your medical record. Your GP practice will also be able to confirm whether or not you have registered an opt-out in the past.
You can find more information about how the HSCIC handles your information and choices and how it manages your opt-out on the HSCIC website
Annex 2 - Information Sharing
The HSCIC has a statutory role to collect and process health and social care information which is set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
The HSCIC's fair processing materials, available at http://www.hscic.gov.uk/patientconf , explain and provide further information on:
SMS Text Messaging
It is practice policy that all patients are automatically opted in for receiving text messages from the practice on your mobile phone. We will not send any clinical or medical information by SMS text message and this service will only be used for the purposes of health promotion, practice news and for appointment reminders and invites.
Text messages are generated using a secure facility but they are transmitted over a public network onto a personal telephone and as such may not be secure, however the practice will not transmit any information which would enable an individual patient to be identified
New General Data Protection Regulations from May 2018 (GDPR)
Under the new general data protection regulations introduced from 25th May 2018, we will continue to contact patients via text messages regarding the delivery of care if they have not opted out. If practices are sending messages about recommended treatment for the management of a specific health issue, then this is defined as providing appropriate care for patients, not marketing purposes.
If you would like to opt out of any future contact via text messaging, then please let us know.