Your information will be shared internally between
teams, eg shared with the Safeguarding Team if necessary and also externally,
eg 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.
Additionally, we may need to share your NHS
number with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) including the North of England
Commissioning Support Unit, who process requests on behalf of the CCGs that we
work with, for the purpose of having funding approved for certain
procedures. No other patient identifier is included other than your NHS
number during this process. This information is processed under Article
6(e): performance of a public task/ official functions and; Article 9(h)
provision of health or social care or treatment. Without sharing this
information we may be unable to offer you certain procedures or treatment that
you have been referred to us for.
Your confidential healthcare Information will only be shared where there
is a legal basis for doing so.
- When there
is a Court Order
there is a legal requirement to provide the information
- Where you
have given explicit consent to share the information
information is being shared for a direct care purpose and you have been
informed of the sharing
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 may pass your information to an approved
contractor for the purpose of contacting you in relation to the National
Patient Survey Programme. You have the right to ask the Trust not to share your
information for this purpose. If you wish to exercise this right, please
contact the Data Protection Officer.
We will also
share your anonymised 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
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
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.