Information Sharing

How sharing your information benefits to improve care

Health and Social care colleagues have a professional duty to share relevant information with each when caring for service users. North West London Health and Social care organisation are working together, through the Whole System Integrated Care (WSIC) program to enable information to be shared more effectively to improve the care they provide.

This ensures that when you visit your GP practice, the hospital, or get support in your community or at home, your care professional such as your GP, hospital doctor, district nurse or social worker has the right information about you at the right time.

Benefit of information sharing:

  • Patients and Service users only need to tell their history once
  • Patients and Service users can avoid unnecessary appointments and tests
  • Care professionals have the right information at the right time to make better decisions about appropriate care
  • Care professionals can monitor the care pathway of their patients
  • Organisation can share anonymised information to improve integrated care and develop new model of care

Information shared about you includes:

  • Health and wellbeing information relevant to your care
  • NHS number
  • Age
  • Contact details
  • Medication and allergies
  • Appointments, treatment and care
  • Test results such as blood tests, laboratory tests, x-rays

Is Information about me protected?

  • Information about you is protected under the Data Protection Act 1998.
    Health and social care professionals can only see information about you to provide direct care to you.
  • Information about you will NOT be shared or sold to private companies.
  • Health and care professionals must keep your records secure.

Patient’s right to share

If you do not wish for your information to be shared via the Whole Systems
Integrated Care tools, you can complete the below form and return it to your GP.

Patients refusal for creation of electronic record 15 June 2016 and FAQ

If you do not want to share your information, please tell your health or care
organisation providing care to you. If you want more information please:
Email: share4care@nhs.net
Visit: www.integration.healthiernorthwestlondon.nhs.uk