Practices in England are due to receive a communication from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) about the collection of patient objection data. GPC strongly recommends practices participate in this collection to allow the HSCIC to uphold patient objections to their data being shared.
Patients are able to register objections with their practice to prevent their identifiable data being released outside of the practice for purposes beyond their direct care (known as a Type 1 objection), or to prevent their identifiable data from any health and social care setting being released by the HSCIC for purposes beyond their direct care (known as a Type 2 objection).
The HSCIC will be collecting the following data:
The legal basis for the collection of this data is the issuing of directions under section 259 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Practices will receive an offer from the HSCIC, available from 21 October, to participate in the collection called ‘Patient Objections Management’ within the Calculating Quality Reporting Service. The deadline for participation has not been specified, but practices have been asked to participate as soon as possible ahead of the first extract. Extractions will run monthly from December 2015.
Queries on how to participate should be directed to the HSCIC contact centre via email@example.com with ‘Patient Objections Management data collection’ in the subject line, or by calling 0300 303 5678.
Holly Senior - Senior Policy Manager
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