Health and care data

Data from patient health and adult social care records helps us to improve individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan local services and research new treatments.​

Ensuring that staff and patients have access to the right data, at the right time, is vital to the NHS providing effective, safe, good value services.

Data can save lives. So we’re working to better join it up across local areas.

Rights and security

We are committed to keeping patient data safe, sharing it securely and lawfully, and always being clear about why it is used. NHS networks and systems for storing and sharing data are managed by NHS Digital using world-class standards of cyber security.

Everyone has rights over their data, and a choice about how it is used. Find out more about the options.