Sharing information in the NHS helps ensure that the quality and safety of services is consistent across the country. It can also highlight different diseases and conditions that may require more NHS investment. This is an opportunity for each of us to help the NHS provide high quality care for all.
You can find out more about how information is used for purposes beyond your direct care, the benefits this bring and the choices you have available to you by watching our short video. To view it with subtitles, click on the caption icon within the video player. This video is hosted on NHS England’s YouTube channel. If you have difficulty viewing it, you can also see it on NHS Choices.
You can also read the information leaflet Better information means better care, which is being delivered to households in England during January. The leaflet is also available in Braille, easy read and large print formats. These are available upon request by calling the dedicated patient information line on 0300 456 3531.
The patient information line is also there to answer any questions or concerns that people have about how their data are used for these purposes. The information line is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 3pm. The number to call is 0300 456 3531. A text phone service is also available on 0208 7428620.
If you are an NHS healthcare professional and would like more information about care.data please see here.
If you are patient and would like more information about care.data please see the NHS Choices website here.