NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

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Sharing Information with others

5. Sharing Information with others 

Direct Care

In order to deliver the best integrated health and social care services to you in Sheffield we share relevant and appropriate personal data between professionals involved in your care - this means sharing records between your GP, primary care, hospitals, out-of-hours, ambulance services (111 and 999) and other health and social care organisations.

Securely sharing your records helps us to ensure you receive the safest, most appropriate care for you, and reduces the need for you to repeatedly tell your story.

Continuing Healthcare (CHC)

Sheffield CCG will share the information you provide with other health and care professionals involved in your care, and with finance staff involved in your funding / care home invoicing arrangements. 

Other Purposes

In order for Sheffield CCG to perform its commissioning functions, information (mostly anonymised) is shared from various organisations which include general practices, acute and mental health hospitals, other CCGs, community services, walk-in centres, nursing homes, directly from service users, social care and others.  

We share anonymised information with other NHS and social care partners for the purposes of improving local services, research, audit and public health. We will not share personal confidential data about you unless:  

  • You have given us consent 
  • We are lawfully required to report to certain authorities such as to prevent fraud or serious crime 
  • To protected children and vulnerable adults (safeguarding) 
  • When a formal court order has been service upon us 
  • To protect the health and safety of others, for example, reporting an infectious disease 

We are required by law to report certain information to the appropriate authorities. This is only provided after formal permission has been given by a qualified health professional. There are occasions when we must pass on information, such as notification of new births, where we encounter infectious diseases which may endanger the safety of others, such as meningitis or measles (but not HIV/AIDS), and where a formal court order has been issued.  

Where information sharing is required with third parties, we will always have a relevant Data Sharing Agreement in place and will not disclose any personal confidential health information without your explicit consent unless there are exceptional circumstances such as when the health or safety of others is at risk or where the law requires it or to carry out a statutory function. 

Appendix A ‘Legal Basis’ at the end of this document describes the legal basis for the sharing of some information. 

NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

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722 Prince of Wales Road
Sheffield
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