Care.data – Update

As you may have heard the scheme “care.data” has been postponed for six months until an undetermined date in the autumn.

This scheme was due to go live in April & extract data from our clinical system to help shape health & social care planning in the future. However due to a number of recent press reports including an internal NHS England report highlighting some concerns over the system, this has led to the recent announcement last night that it will not go ahead until autumn 2014.

One of the concerns is that a leaflet which should have been sent to each household informing them of the new scheme & providing more information on patient options may not have been received. Or that many people may have disregarded it thinking that it was junk mail. This is worrying as the system is an OPT OUT & without patients being aware of this & letting GP surgeries know, the data would have been automatically extracted in April.

I’m sure that over the next few weeks/months there will be a much higher profile publicity campaign by NHS England to better inform patients as to the choices open to them.

Further information about the care.data scheme can be accessed via the NHS Choices website below including the patient leaflet & FAQ’s. We have also posted links to a couple of recent news articles relating to the project.

NHS Choices:    CLICK HERE
BBC News*:        CLICK HERE
The Telegraph*:CLICK HERE

*please note that we take no liability for the external sources. They are signposted here for your information only.

After reviewing the above information on the NHS website & elsewhere, if you are happy for the data to be used in this way then you do not need to do anything further. However if you do not want any of your information to be extracted for anything else other than to provide health care, then please let us know.

The best way is to email the surgery at: capccg.woodlands@nhs.net

We will then code your records & it will be excluded from the automatic collection now due to start in autumn.

As always if you have any concerns then please feel free to contact the surgery & we’ll discuss the options available to you. We want to make sure all out patients are fully informed as possible.