Confidential patient data will be shared within the practice health care team and with other health care professionals to whom you are referred for care. For the essential purpose of clinical audit, your data may be used by those clinical teams providing your care.
Confidential patient data may also be required for the broader purposes of public health and audit, research, the provision of health care services, teaching and training. Data disclosed will be kept to the minimum required to serve the purpose and if possible will be anonymised before disclosure.
Confidential and identifiable patient information will not be disclosed otherwise without explicit consent, unless:
- it is matter of life and death or serious harm to you or to another individual
- it is overwhelmingly in the public interest to do so
- there is a legal obligation
In all of these circumstances the minimum identifiable information that is essential to serve the purpose may be revealed to someone with legal entitlement to access the data for that purpose. All individuals with access to your data have a professional and/or contractual duty of confidentiality. If you are concerned about any situation in which your confidential data may be involved, further information is available from the practice manager. You are entitled to register an objection, which will be respected if this is possible.
CARE QUALITY COMMISSION (CQC)
The CQC's power to access patient information as part of an inspection process supersedes a patient's rights under the Data Protection Act. This means that the practice are obliged to share your medical or personal information with the CQC without first asking your permission.