Connecting your information for the health of the nation

In 2014, West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group became one of four CCG areas in England to take part in the 'pathfinder' stage of the programme.

In September 2015, the Secretary of State for Health commissioned the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to undertake a review of data security in the NHS and, in parallel, commissioned Dame Fiona Caldicott, the National Data Guardian for Health and Care (NDG), to undertake an independent review of data security and consent, with the purpose of:

a) Developing new data security standards;
b) Devising a method of testing compliance with the new standards and proposing a new consent/opt-out model for data sharing in health and social care.

Dame Fiona's review recommended that, following a public consultation, a new consent and opt-out model should be developed. In light of this, NHS England announced that the programme could not proceed in its current form and would close.

The government and the health and care system remain absolutely committed to realising the benefits of sharing information, as an essential part of improving outcomes for patients. Therefore this work will now be overseen by the National Information Board, in close collaboration with the primary care community, in order to retain public confidence and to drive better care for patients.

The public consultation opened on 6 July and will close on 7 September 2016. Take part in the consultation here.

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