Sharing information - with external health and social care organisations

In 2012 a new Health and Social Care Act was introduced which ensures that all health and social organisations involved in your care are working collaboratively to ensure you receive the best possible care with the services available through different organisations. To achieve this was are required to ensure that where you are receiving services from different health and social care organisations the relevant information is shared, securely and in a timely fashion.

Information Sharing Agreements and contracts will be in place ensuring these arrangements meet both the requirements of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the Data Protection Act 1998 ensuring that your confidentiality and rights are not breached. The CCG is actively working with health and social care partners to ensure that where you receive a referral, for example for community services, the relevant information that service require to offer you a full service is available. We are also working with the hospitals who provide services to our population to ensure that if you find yourself in an emergency situation, relevant and potentially life saving information from your GP record will be available showing any latest tests and any allergies you may suffer from which the hospital clinicians will need to know. Details of the Information Sharing Agreements we have entered into can be obtained from the CCG.

Whenever a new arrangement to share information externally, both with health and social care organisations and with third party suppliers, we will ensure that a legal basis has been identified using a tool called a Privacy Impact Assessment which will highlight any risks to your information which will ensure are resolved before any sharing takes place.

Sharing information - with external third party suppliers

We will also, in the course of our business, engage with third party suppliers who will process your information on our behalf.  The CCG will work with these partner organisations to ensure that appropriate Data Processing and contracts are in place setting out the security standards and legal obligations required to be met to protect your information.  Only the minim information necessary for the purpose will be shared and only where pseudonymised / anonymised data cannot be used.  Further information regarding the external organisations we work with can be found in a separate section giving detailed information collected and used for specific purposes.

Whenever a new arrangement to share information externally, both with health and social care organisations and with third party suppliers, we will ensure that a legal basis has been identified using a tool called a Privacy Impact Assessment which will highlight any risks to your information which will ensure are resolved before any sharing takes place.

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