Local Care Record (LCR)
The recent UK Department of Health Information governance Review (Caldicott 2) has put additional emphasis on the duty to share clinical information. It recognises that patients expect health professionals to share information with other members of the care team, who should co-operate to provide a seamless, integrated service. To meet the healthcare needs of patients throughout their journey in primary, community and secondary care services, local healthcare professionals need to work together with access to all appropriate information. The overall aim is to ensure there is an appropriate balance between the protection of the patient or service user's confidential information, and the sharing of such information to improve patient care. Click on the link below for more information: kingshealthpartners.org/localcarerecord Opt out forms are available from reception and the link above.
Shared information helps better care:
Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care. It is important that we, the NHS, can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help provide us with a full picture.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number but NOT your name will be used to link your records in a secure system. Your identity is protected. How your information is used is controlled by law and strict rules are in place to protect your privacy.
We need to make sure you know this is happening and the choices you have. You have a right to prevent confidential information about you from being shared or used for any purpose other than providing your care, except in special circumstances.
It is important that you read the leaflet How information about you helps us to provide better care (PDF, 344kb) so that you understand how information in medical records can be used to improve the way that healthcare is delivered.
If you are happy for your information to be used then you do not need to do anything. But if you have concerns you should talk to your GP.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) will provide a secure environment for the information and will be the data controller. HSCIC is a public body and is the central source of health and social care information in England. The role of the HSCIC is to ensure that high quality data is used appropriately to improve patient care. The HSCIC has legal powers to collect and analyse data from all providers of NHS care.
The HSCIC is committed, and legally bound, to the very highest standards of privacy and confidentiality to ensure that your confidential information is protected at all times. Access to information is strictly controlled. For more information visit HSCIC’s website.
Information in health records can only be shared beyond those caring for you where: (i) the law allows it (ii) there is a court order (iii) there is a public interest, or (iv) you have given permission
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has powers to impose heavy fines in the event of any breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the law which governs how your information is used by organisations, businesses and the government). It also sets out clear guidance in relation to whether data identifies you or not. Find out more on the ICO’s website.
Opt-out form for secondary use of patient identifiable data and disclosure