Your information will be shared internally between teams, i.e. shared with the Safeguarding Team if necessary and also externally, i.e. Police, Social Services, Education, your GP, etc. This is to ensure that adult and children’s safeguarding matters are managed appropriately. Access to identifiable information will be shared in some limited circumstances where it’s legally required for the safety of individuals concerned.
Your information will be shared, for the purposes of providing direct care, with other NHS and Non-NHS Provider organisations. These will include organisations such as other Acute Hospitals, Mental Health Hospitals, Community Healthcare providers, General Practitioners and Ambulance Services. For Safety reasons the information shared will always identify you however the Trust will endeavour to always ensure that you or your Next of Kin are aware of the information being shared and why.
Your confidential healthcare Information will only be shared where there is a legal basis for doing so.
- When there is a Court Order
- Where there is a legal requirement to provide the information
- Where you have given explicit consent to share the information
- Where information is being shared for a direct care purpose and you have been informed of the sharing
- Where permission to share your information without consent has been authorised by the Confidentiality Advisory Group of the Health Research Authority (HRA CAG) under Section 251 of the 2006 NHS Act.
If you want to know who we have shared your information with you will need to make a Subject Access Request (SAR).
We will also share your anonymized information for the purposes of commissioning and managing healthcare; patient information may also be shared with other types of NHS organisations, such as the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and the Health & Social Care Information Centre (part of NHS England).
Sometimes we will also share your information in an anonymous format with organisations, such as universities, community safety units and research institutions. If your information is anonymous it means you cannot be identified.
In such cases, the shared data is made anonymous, wherever possible, by removing all patient-identifying details, unless the law requires the patient's identity to be included. In these circumstances we do not need your permission to share your anonymous information.
At any time you have the right to refuse/withdraw consent (opt out), in full or in part, to information sharing. The possible consequences and risks (ie, lack of joined up care, delay in treatment if information has to be sourced from elsewhere, medication complications; all leading to the possibility of difficulties in providing the best level of care) will be fully explained to you to allow you to make an informed decision.
If you do not want your personal information to be shared and used for purposes other than your care and treatment, then you should discuss your objections with the healthcare professional who is providing your care. This will not affect the care and treatment you receive.