Privacy Notice (Fair Processing Notice)
Your GP, hospital, community health, mental health and social care teams may all hold records about your care separately. Often, only health and care professionals within the same organisation can see this information. This means it can be difficult for them to work together to deliver the best care.
My Care Record is an approach to improving care by joining up health and care information. Wherever possible, health and care professionals will be able to access your records from other services when it is needed for your care. This will make it easier and faster for them to make the best decisions. For example, a doctor treating you in hospital or a nurse working in the community could view the information they need from your GP record.
Several different secure computer systems are used across the region. These allow health and care professionals to digitally access your records held by other services. In some areas systems are already in place, in other areas more work is underway to invest in the technology needed.
The approach also provides an agreement between all the health and care organisations involved. This means they commit to sharing information in a secure way to help improve your care.
The My Care Record approach is in line with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which provides the legal basis to share information between health and care services when it is needed to deliver care. All your information will be held securely.
Certain information – that doesn’t identify you – will also be used to help improve services and plan for the future.
For example, it will help us plan for the number of doctors, nurses and care workers needed to look after you in the future.
You can object to your record being shared between services. To do this, speak to the person delivering care to you at each organisation such as your GP, specialist or social worker.
• It is important to understand that not allowing access to your information may affect the quality of the care you receive.
• In many situations it is necessary to share information between services to deliver care. However, it may be possible to request that specific or sensitive information is not made available.
• There may also be some situations where information still needs to be made available. For example, if there is a serious concern about an individual’s safety. Please see the My Care Record website www.mycarerecord.org.uk for more information.
More information about the areas where your information may be used can be found on the My Care Record website www.mycarerecord.org.uk