Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
It is important that the NHS, can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. NHS England would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help them provide a full picture. This will allow them to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, so that they can see what has worked best.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system, so that your identity is protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure they provide the best care possible for everyone.
Remember - You have a choice
If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything.
If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or download a copy of the leaflet “How information about you helps us to provide better care”. below
NHS England need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.
Click here to download the leaflet "How information about you helps us to provide better care"
Click here to download Frequently Asked Questions about Care Data
- You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website