Plane Trees Group Practice

51 Sandbeds Road, Pellon, Halifax, HX2 0QL
Tel: 01422 330860

Information for patients on the way data is shared

There are big changes happening to how information from your medical records is being used by NHS England. Your GP computerised medical records can now be accessed and used by the NHS. In most cases your information is anonymised so that no-one can identify you. However, some of these processes involve the extraction of patient-identifiable data. Your consent for this has been assumed by the NHS and if you are not happy with this you can tell us so that we can block unauthorised access to your records.

Please follow the link for more information: Patient information

Risk Profiling.

The practice is taking part in a new service which may help us to identify patients who need more help to manage their health. All GP records will be matched with hospital records by an NHS body outside the practice. This secure NHS computer system looks at your record, any recent treatments you may have had at the practice or in hospital and alerts the practice to “high risk” patients who may need more care.

The information about these patients is only seen by the practice team and NHS security systems protect your health information and patient confidentiality at all times.

If you don’t want your information to be used in this way please advise the receptionist.

Health and Social Care Information Centre( has been commissioned to provide data services to NHS England. The data will be used for analysis of the population as a whole, and in smaller sections e.g. by geographical areas, by age group etc, to help to plan demand and improve services for patients. The data will be “extracted” from your medical record here and held anonymously by the HSCIC, and also shared with other groups e.g. researchers.

Patient names will not extracted but your NHS number, date of birth, gender and postcode will be used. Data will be extracted to link the information from your record here with any records held by hospitals. Once these links have been made your identifiable information is deleted, with only details of your health retained for analysis.

Your consent to this process has been assumed by NHS England but you can withhold your consent by telling us. You can also withhold consent on behalf of your children or anyone for whom you have a Power of Attorney. You can withhold your consent for the extraction and/or the onward use of your information, even if anonymised.

More information is available in the leaflet “How information about you helps us to provide better care”, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, please click on the link to access this“How information about you helps us to provide better care”

 If you don’t want your information to be extracted and/or shared in this way please advise the receptionist.

Summary care record (SCR)

This system allows health workers to access minimal information in your GP record. At the moment this comprises your current medication and drug reactions only. The practice recommends that you participate in this programme as it is really for your benefit e.g. Out of Hours GP’s can see what treatments you are taking. The consent process for this has already taken place but you may withdraw your consent at any stage if you wish.

Please click on the link for further information Summary Care Record patient information leaflet

If you don’t want your information to be extracted and/or shared in this way please advise the receptionist.