Data Sharing

Patient Confidentiality

We respect your right to privacy and keep all your health information confidential and secure. It is important that the NHS keeps accurate and up-to-date records about your health and treatment so that those treating you can give you the best possible care.
This information may be used for management and audit purposes. However, it is usually only available to, and used by, those involved in your care. You have the right to know what information we hold about you. If you would like to see your records, please contact a member of our practice staff.
Please click here for further details. (HSCIC)

Confidential information from your medical records can be used to improve the way the NHS delivers care to all patients. A modern information system has been developed by the NHS in England, which will make increased use of this information. This system is referred to as

One of the main aims of is to allow the NHS to make better use of the routine information collected when you visit us (your GP practice). This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information from all the different places where you receive care. This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you. The system complies with strict confidentiality rules and the law.

Communication from the Health and Social Care Information Centre about opt-outs and your care information choices

Further information from the HSCIC on how they use information and your right to opt-out is available here

Please click on the link below to find out more.
If you wish to opt-out, please complete the form available below and return to the Practice. Patient Leaflet Patient Opt Out Form

Connecting Care

Connecting Care is a local record and is designed for staff who are directly involved in your care to share relevant information about your care in a way that is both controlled and consistent. Your Connecting Care record will contain more detailed information, such as diagnoses, medications and appointments, to support your treatment and care at services in your area. This record will only be used to support your care locally. It will ensure that the people caring for you have enough information to treat you safely and to co-ordinate your care. Your Connecting Care Record will only be available to authorised health and social care staff who are directly involved in your care locally.

Please click on the link below to find out more.
If you wish to opt-out, please complete the form available below and return to the freepost address included on the form.

Connecting Care Patient Leaflet

Connecting Care opt-out form

Connecting Care opt-in form (if you have previously chosen to opt-out)

Summary Care Record (SCR)

The Summary Care Record is an electronic record introduced by NHS England to support your emergency Care. The record contains information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had to ensure those caring for you have enough information to treat you safely. Healthcare staff will ask your permission before they look at your record, except in certain circumstances for example if you are unconscious. You can now choose to have an ‘enriched SCR’ which will mean additional information from your care record is included.

Further information on the SCR is available here.

Click here to view information on requesting an enriched SCR.

If you wish to opt-out, please complete the form available below and return to the Practice.

Summary Care Record Patient Leaflet

Summary Care opt-out Form

One Care Data Sharing Agreement

Hanham Health has signed up to the One Care Information Sharing Agreement to enable significant improvements to our patients. Any patient who is seen by our clinical staff or referred by our practice team will have their full GP record made available to the appropriate clinician. Being able to see what care patients have received in the past allows healthcare professionals to make the safest and most effective decisions now, and in the future. All staff accessing patient records have received NHS confidentiality training.

Our practice will enter this data sharing agreement and are asking patients to decide whether they are happy to share their primary care (GP) record with other local healthcare professionals. Opting out of data sharing may affect the care available to you in the future. Please be aware that due to technical limitations this will opt you out of sharing of clinical record with ALL other clinical providers so your choice is important.

In order to support this improved service, our practice is using both EMIS web to facilitate new ways of working across practices in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, as part of the One Care Consortium.

A number of GP practices across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have come together to form One Care Consortium, with the Out of Hours service BrisDoc, and NHS community service provider, GP Care.

For more details about what data sharing means for you as a patient, please visit

One Care Data Sharing Information Leaflet

One Care Data Sharing Agreement Opt out form

National Audit data extractions

Hanham Health participates in the National Diabetes Audit. This is an annual extraction of data using your NHS number and date of birth to link information from your GP record and hospital records to assess diabetes care. If you do not want information taken from your GP records for this audit, please let us know – we will need to add a code to your record to ensure your data is not extracted. Further information is available here