Supporting documents on care.data have now been published and are available at the link below:
The documents include:
- An updated joint statement between the RCGP, BMA. NHS England and HSCIC
- Updated GP Guidance
- A GP practice toolkit, including a checklist
- Updated GP FAQs
- Updated patient FAQs
Practices will soon receive an email containing links to these resources and guidance, plus a separate communications pack with patient information materials. We are currently expecting these communications to be sent to practices within the next two weeks. Once received, practices should display the poster and make leaflets available in the practice without delay as extractions will be begin approximately 8 weeks after they receive the materials. FAQ 6 provides some further guidance on what practices should do to raise awareness. The guidance also explains how to manage patient objections to the disclosure of the their personal confidential data.
Additional supporting activity to help raise awareness is being planned by NHS England at a regional and national level and we will provide further details of this as soon as possible.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) are providing a helpline for GPs with queries and can be contacted on 0845 300 6016 or by emailing enquiries, quoting ‘care.data – GP’ in the subject line. The helpline can also be used where practices need further guidance in responding to queries from patients that are not answered by the patient FAQs.