In east London we can improve the quality of care you receive by sharing the right information about you between our local NHS and social care organisations who are providing you with your direct care. We call this sharing of information, Data Sharing and the people sharing this data your Direct Care Team. These are the people who will, at some point, be involved directly in your care; be it your GP, or the A&E team when you visit for an emergency, or the social care team looking after you in your home. The sharing of information has always happened (to a lesser degree) with paper processes but systems are allowing us to share more relevant information about you amongst your Direct Care Team. This helps them be more efficient and supports decisions that they and you make about your care.
This work is being led by your local clinicians who want to make sure you receive the best quality care possible. They want to be as transparent as possible so that you can feel assured that data is being shared with your best interests at heart. They want you to be involved in this as best you see fit. In line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which came into force in May 2018, and the Health and Social Care Act (2015) we are adopting an implied consent model for sharing data for direct care purposes between the members of your Direct Care Team. For more information on this and the ways we are using your information please click on the document links.