National Screening Programmes

The NHS provides national screening programmes so that certain diseases can be detected at an early stage. These currently apply to bowel cancer, breast cancer, aortic aneurysms and diabetic retinal screening service. The law allows us to share your contact information with Public Health England so that you can be invited to the relevant screening programme.

More information can be found on the government website: www.gov.uk/topic/population-screening-programmes, or alternatively you can Contact The Practice by completing our form.

1) Data Controller contact details

The Hawthorns Surgery
1 Oxford Road
Redhill
Surrey
RH1 1DT

2) Data Protection Officer contact details

Dr Michael Ince
The Hawthorns Surgery
01737 762902

3) Purpose of the processing

The NHS provides several national health screening programs to detect diseases or conditions earlier such as:

  • Cervical and breast cancer
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Diabetes

More information can be found at www.gov.uk/topic/population-screening-programmes.

The information is shared so as to ensure only those who should be called for screening are called and or those at highest risk are prioritised.

4) Lawful basis for processing

The sharing is to support Direct Care which is covered under:

  • Article 6(1)(e); “necessary… in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller’
  • Article 9(2)(h) ‘necessary for the purposes of preventative or occupational medicine for the assessment of the working capacity of the employee, medical diagnosis, the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems and services…”We will also recognise your rights established under UK case law collectively known as the “Common Law Duty of Confidentiality”*

5) Recipient or categories of recipients of the processed data

The data will be shared with the Jarvis Breast Centre, Royal Surrey County Hospital Bowel Screening, Primary Care Services England, Heath Intelligence and other NHS screening services.

6) Rights to object

You have the right to object to this processing of your data and to some or all of the information being shared with the recipients. Contact the Data Controller or the practice. For national screening programmes, you can opt so that you no longer receive an invitation to a screening programme.

For more information please contact the practice using our online Contact the Practice form. 

7) Right to access and correct

You have the right to access the data that is being shared and have any inaccuracies corrected. There is no right to have accurate medical records deleted except when ordered by a court of law.

8) Retention period

The data will be retained in line with the law and national guidance.

You can find out more by:

9) Right to Complain

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office by:

Visiting their website: www.ico.org.uk/global/contact-us

Calling their helpline on: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 (national rate)

There are National Offices for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. For more information visit the ICO website: www.ico.org.uk

Common Law Duty of Confidentiality

Common law is not written out in one document like an Act of Parliament. It is a form of law based on previous court cases decided by judges; hence, it is also referred to as ‘judge-made’ or case law. The law is applied by reference to those previous cases, so common law is also said to be based on precedent.

The general position is that if information is given in circumstances where it is expected that a duty of confidence applies, that information cannot normally be disclosed without the information provider’s consent.

In practice, this means that all patient information, whether held on paper, computer, visually or audio recorded, or held in the memory of the professional, must not normally be disclosed without the consent of the patient. It is irrelevant how old the patient is or what the state of their mental health is; the duty still applies. Three circumstances making disclosure of confidential information lawful are:

  • Where the individual to whom the information relates has consented
  • Where disclosure is in the public interest
  • Where there is a legal duty to do so, for example a court order