During your treatment, the doctor or nurse will ask you for information about yourself and your healthcare. This information is used by the doctor or nurse to help them to treat you.
Information which you provide in this way may be shared with other staff or organisations that may provide you with healthcare. This is so that the different parts of the NHS can work together to offer patients the best care possible.
Any information which is shared in this way is treated as highly confidential, and there are strict security measures in place:
- Only those NHS staff that need to, can access your information.
- NHS staff are bound by the NHS Confidentiality Code of Conduct. Professional Codes of Conduct and the Common Law Duty of Confidentiality.
- All staff have requirements in their contracts of employment that require them to maintain confidentiality.
- Every NHS organisation is required to register with the Information Commissioner.
- You can request that we do not share your medical data with other staff or parts of the NHS (although this may affect the treatment you are given).
- See links below if you do not wish to share your data.
Your Data Matters to the NHS
Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up
diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments.
In May 2018, the strict rules about how this data can and cannot be used were strengthened. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.
You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning.
To find out more visit: nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters