Who we share your data with?
We share information that does not identify you (anonymised) with other NHS and social care partner agencies for the purpose of improving local services, research, audit and public health.
We would not share information that identifies you unless you have given us permission (consent). However, there are certain circumstances where we will process / share personal information without your consent and where there is another legal statute or law allowing us to do this which are:
- To protect children and vulnerable adults
- When a formal court order has been served upon us; and / or
- When we are lawfully required to report certain information to the appropriate authorities e.g. to prevent fraud or a serious crime;
- Emergency Planning reasons such as for protecting the health and safety of others;
- When permission is given by the Secretary of State or the Health Research Authority on the advice of the Confidentiality Advisory Group to process confidential information without the explicit consent of individuals (see section on Section 251 of the NHS Act 2006).
When analysing current health services and proposals for developing future services, it is sometimes necessary to link separate individual datasets to be able to produce a comprehensive evaluation. This may involve linking primary care GP data with secondary care secondary uses service (SUS) data (inpatient, outpatient and A&E).
In some cases, there may also be a need to link local datasets, which could include a range of acute-based services such as radiology, physiotherapy and audiology, as well as mental health and community-based services such as district nursing and podiatry. When carrying out this analysis, the linking of these datasets is always done using a pseudonym. This means that the data is coded and individuals are not identifiable.