NHS Digital is the secure haven* for NHS patient data, a single secure repository where data collected from all branches of the NHS is processed. NHS Digital provides reports on the performance of the NHS, statistical information, audits and patient outcomes (www.digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information).
Examples include; A/E and outpatient waiting times, the numbers of staff in the NHS, percentage target achievements, payments to GPs etc and more specific targeted data collections and reports such as the Female Genital Mutilation, general practice appointments data and English National Diabetes Audits.
GPs are required by the Health and Social Care Act to provide NHS Digital with information when instructed. This is a legal obligation which overrides any patient wishes.
Data Controller Contact Details
The Hawthorns Surgery
1 Oxford Road
Data Protection Officer Contact Details
Dr Michael Ince
The Hawthorns Surgery
Tel: 01737 762902
Purpose Of The Processing
To provide the Secretary of State and others with information and reports on the status, activity and performance of the NHS. The provide specific reporting functions on identified.
Lawful Basis For Processing
The legal basis will be:
- Article 6(1)(c) “processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject.”
- Article 9(2)(h) “processing is necessary for the purposes of preventive 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 on the basis of Union or Member State law or pursuant to contract with a health professional and subject to the conditions and safeguards referred to in paragraph 3;”
Recipient Or Categories Of Recipients Of The Processed Data
The data will be shared with NHS Digital according to directions which can be found at www.digital.nhs.uk/NHSEngland-Directions.
Rights To Object
You have the right to object to some or all of the information being shared with NHS Digital. Contact the Data Controller or the practice.
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.
The data will be retained for active use during the processing and thereafter according to NHS Policies and the law.