The NHS is changing and services are being restructured. These reforms will impact upon the way that clinical data are collected, shared and analysed. Under the powers of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (HSCA), the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) can, under certain circumstances, require Personal Confidential Data (PCD) from GP practices without seeking patient consent.
One of the first initiatives using these new powers is the care. data service. This service has been commissioned by NHS England and will be delivered by the HSCIC. The HSCIC is England’s central authoritative source of health and social care information.
Patient-identifiable information will soon be extracted from GP records and sent to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). It is important that you understand what information may be shared and for what purpose, and also the choices that you have. Please see www.hscic.gov.uk for more information.