Care.data guidance for GPs / PMs

By | 5 November 2013

Since the LMCs last blog on Care.data, the BMA has been trying to clarify the responsibilities of GP practices as there is a potential conflict between two pieces of legislation with serious implications for practices. As a result of this work:

· Additional guidance has been developed

· The rollout of Care.data has been deferred until Spring 2014

· The will be a nationally co-ordinated public information campaign

NHS England and the HSCIC have worked with the Information Commissioner’s Office to provide further advice to GP practices on their fair processing responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998.

NHS England has recently announced next steps for the care.data programme, including the activities they and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) will undertake to support patient awareness raising at a national level. For example, a leaflet about information and data sharing will be sent to every household in England, starting in January 2014.

They have also worked with the BMA, HSCIC and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to provide further advice to GP practices on their fair processing responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998. This guidance is available at the link below, along with the existing joint guidance, FAQs and technical guidance, which provides details of the data to be extracted from GP systems.

No data will be extracted for care.data until spring 2014 and GP practices will be notified prior to the extract.

GP practices have received information packs to help raise awareness with patients of how their personal data are shared and used and their right to object if they are not happy. It is important that practices use the time between now and the extract to raise awareness.

Attached is the newly developed guidance on Fair Processing that should be particularly helpful to practices. Other guidance documents and information about Care.data can be found on the BMA website.

Fair Processing Guidance

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