General Data Protection Act - GDPR
The current Data Protection Act will be replaced on the 25th May 2018 with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Due to these new changes in the law we now require to gain your consent to contact you by text messaging.
As you know we currently send text messages to you to remind you of appointment, information on public holidays and healthcare information. In order for us to comply with the law, we will be sending out text messages asking if you wish to OPTIN or OPOUT of receiving text messages from us. We would appreciate it if you would respond to this message
If you do not respond to the message you will be automatically opted out.
If you have OPTEDOUT and have now decided you would like to receive messages from us please contact the surgery and we will update your records.
PLEASE INFORM US OF ANY CHANGES TO YOUR CONTACT DETAILS.
Please note that under 16 years will not receive any text messages from us. There is to be changes in the law with regards to over 13 years receiving information. We will update you as information becomes available.
For further details regarding GDPR see below link
General Data Protection Regulation
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new regulation on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the EU. It is effective from the 25th May 2018 and there will be changes on how you can access you health records. Please click the link below to see the privacy notice which explains how the practice holds and uses your personal data. Link -
Using Your Information Confidentially for Risk Stratification
What is risk stratification?
There are two kinds of risk stratification:
The first kind is a process for identifying some patients within a Practice who might
benefit from extra assessment or support with self-care because of the nature of their
health problems. The process is a mixture of analysis of information by computer
followed by review of the results by a clinical team at the Practice.
The analysis can, for example, help predict the risk of an unplanned hospital admission
so that preventative measures can be taken as early as possible to try and avoid it. In
the end, it is the clinical team of the GP Practice that will decide how your care is best
The second kind is a process for identifying patterns of ill health and needs across our
local population. This will be done by pulling together all the information in an
anonymised file (where your identity has been removed) to look at patterns and trends
of illness across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as a whole. This will help our
Public Health Department and those in the NHS who are responsible for planning and
arranging health services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (known as
commissioners) better understand the current and possible future health needs of the
local population. This will help them make provision for the most appropriate health
services for the people of this area. This group of staff will not be able to identify you as
an individual under any circumstances.
In both cases secure NHS systems and processes will protect your health information and
patient confidentiality at all times.
What information about me will be analysed?
The minimum amount of information about you will be used. The information included is:
- GP Practice and Hospital attendances and admissions
- Medications prescribed
Medical conditions (in code form) and other things that may affect your health such
as height, weight for example.
How will my information be kept secure and confidential?
Information from your GP record will be sent via a secure computer connection to a special
location called a ‘safe haven’ at NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning
Support Unit (NHS Arden & GEM CSU) in Leicester This safe haven carries special
accreditation from the NHS. It is designed to protect the confidentiality of your information.
There are strict controls in place. It enables information to be used in a way that does not
identify you. The GP Practice remains in control your information at all times.
Risk Stratification Page
Before any analysis starts, any information that could identify you will be removed and
replaced by a number. The analysis is done by computer. The results are returned to the
GP Practice. Only your GP Practice can see the results in a way that identifies you.
What will my GP Practice do with the analysis?
The results can help the clinical team decide on some aspects of your future care. For
example, if the clinical team at the Practice think that you might benefit from a review of your
care, they can arrange this. You may then be invited in for an appointment to discuss your
health and treatment. If the Practice thinks you might benefit from referral to a new service,
this will be discussed with you firstly.
What should I do if I have further questions about risk stratification?
Please ask the Practice staff if you can speak to someone in more detail.
What if I want to opt out?
If you feel satisfied that you understand what risk stratification is but you do not wish to be
included, you can choose to opt-out. In this case, please inform the Receptionist who can
ensure that your information is not included.
Making you aware of how your information is used
This leaflet is intended to supplement the more general leaflet “How we use your medical
records” (also available on our website or from Reception). It explains how you can access
your own health records, how you can get further information and what to do if you any
concerns about your information.
Record Sharing Leaflet
Record Sharing Poster
EDSM Enhancements Patient Leaflet TPP
Patient Guide Sharing Your Medical Record v0.2
Patient Guide SystmOnline Sharing Preferences v0.2