One of the Government’s key aims is to modernise health services and to improve health outcomes by putting patients first in every decision that the NHS makes. Underpinning this vision is the need for high quality information so that everybody can make the right decisions at the right time. A modern data service is being developed for the NHS that will provide NHS organisations, citizens and researchers with accurate, timely information which will radically transform the way we care for and treat people and continuously improve the services we offer.
Guidance will support General Practices by explaining how patient information will be collected, anonymised and used by commissioners so they can better understand the true outcome of care provided to patients and continuously improve health services for all.
This guidance has been produced jointly between the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), British Medical Association (BMA), the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and NHS England.
Implementation of the care.data programme began with a small number of GP practices in June who kindly tested messages and guidance on our behalf – pilot practices. We have incorporated this feedback into the revised materials above and national rollout has now commenced with all GP practices in England. Practices are currently being sent an information pack containing guidance and materials so they can begin the process of engagement with patients, support them with any queries, and allow time to raise patient awareness so that any objections can be recorded.
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 has affected the ways in which NHS organisations can access and process data.
This topic now has its own separate page where all information is gathered together in one place.