NHS Digital

NHS Digital is the secure haven for NHS patient data, a single secure repository where data collected from all branches of the NHS is processed. NHS Digital provides reports on the performance of the NHS, statistical information, audits and patient outcomes. For more information on NHS Digital you can visit their website at: www.digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information.

Examples include:

  • A/E and outpatient waiting times
  • The numbers of staff in the NHS
  • Percentage target achievements
  • Payments to GPs
  • More specific targeted data collections and reports such as the female genital mutilation, general practice appointments data and English National Diabetes Audits

GPs are required by the Health and Social Care Act to provide NHS Digital with information when instructed. This is a legal obligation which overrides any patient wishes. These instructions are called “Directions”. More information on the directions placed on GPs can be found at www.digital.nhs.uk/article/8059/NHS-England Directions– and www.nhsdatasharing.info.

1) Data Controller contact details

Dr Davies & Partners

Linden House Surgery
30 Upper Fairfield Road
KT22 7HH

Gilbert House Surgery
39 Woodfield Lane
KT21 2BQ

2) Data Protection Officer contact details

South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit

Email: Contact@scwcsu.nhs.uk

3) Purpose of the processing

To provide the Secretary of State and others with information and reports on the status, activity and performance of the NHS. The provide specific reporting functions on indentified.

4) Lawful basis for processing

The legal basis will be:

  • Article 6(1)(c) “processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject.”
  • Article 9(2)(h) “processing is necessary for the purposes of preventive or occupational medicine, for the assessment of the working capacity of the employee, medical diagnosis, the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems and services on the basis of Union or Member State law or pursuant to contract with a health professional and subject to the conditions and safeguards referred to in paragraph 3;”

5) Recipient or categories of recipients of the processed data

The data will be shared with NHS Digital according to directions which can be found on the NHS Digital website: www.digital.nhs.uk/article/8059/NHS-EnglandDirections

6) Rights to object

You have the right to object to some or all the information being processed under Article 21. Please contact the Data Controller or the practice.

7) Right to access and correct

You have the right to access the data that is being shared and have any inaccuracies corrected. There is no right to have accurate medical records deleted except when ordered by a court of law.

8) Retention period

The data will be retained in line with the law and national guidance.

You can find out more by:

9) Right to Complain

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office by:

Visiting their website: www.ico.org.uk/global/contact-us

Calling their helpline on: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 (national rate)

There are National Offices for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. For more information visit the ICO website: www.ico.org.uk

The BMA has serious concerns regarding the status of NHS Digital as a “safe haven” and is not confident it has acted as a secure repository for patient data.

More more information please visit the BMA website: www.bma.org.uk