A small set of information is already widely available – on allergies and medications - in the Core Summary Care Record (SCR) which every patient has, unless they have decided to opt-out of having a SCR.
A proportion of the population also currently share Additional Information as part of their SCR. The sharing of this Additional Information as part of a SCR currently requires the prior explicit consent of the patient.
The Additional Information includes information such as:
● details of the management of long-term conditions
● care plan information
● significant medical history, past and present.
Due to the Covid19 pandemic the NHS England have informed us of a Notice issued under Regulation 3(4) of the Health Service Control of Patient Information Regulations 2002 (the COPI notice). This requires confidential patient information to be shared, so this Additional Information (as above) will now automatically be included in all patient SCRs unless a patient has expressed a preference not to include it.
These are temporary arrangements for the period of the COPI Notice.
This will provide a wider range of health and care professionals across the country with faster access to more information about the patients they are treating.
Patients still have the option of retaining a Core SCR and opting out of sharing Additional Information, or opting out of having an SCR altogether. They also may choose to opt back into the sharing of their SCR should they wish.
Click here for the opt out form on our ‘privacy notices’ page on our Website.
What do these changes mean for patients?
The changes will help improve patient care by giving authorised clinical staff in general practice, NHS 111 and in other care settings providing direct care faster access to the GP Record and the Additional Information in patient’s Summary Care Records during the coronavirus pandemic period.
Access to this information will help professional staff to provide tailored clinical care to that patient - including those patients with long term medical conditions - and support clinical assessment and decision making.
Patients can be reassured that:
● Summary Care Records and GP Records accessed in this way will only be used to support individual direct patient care
● Healthcare professionals must only access a Summary Care Record where they have the patient’s permission to do so or in an emergency when a patient is unable to give consent.
● Patients can be reassured that if they have expressed a consent preference with regard to their Summary Care Record, to either opt-out or have a Core Summary Care Record only, their preference will continue to be respected and applied.
● Patients can be assured that if they have opted out of their practice sharing their GP record, this decision will be respected and it will not be shared via the GP Connect service.
They can also change their preferences to opt-out of, or opt back into, having their information shared should they wish to.