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Health and Social Care Information (HSCIC)


What is NHS Digital (formerly known as HSCIC)?

NHS Digital (former known as Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)) is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health.

Health and social care information is used in a number of ways to support your personal care and to improve health and social care services for everyone.

When you attend a health or social care provider in England the clinicians and administrators you see will record information about your care. There are choices you can make about how information is used, and you can choose to opt out of your anonymous medical information being shared or used for any purpose beyond providing your care.

Can I opt out?

There are two types of opt-out. You can withdraw either opt-out option at any time by informing your GP practice.

Type 1 opt out

If you do not want information that identifies you to be shared outside your GP practice, for purposes beyond your direct care you can register a type 1 opt out with your GP practice. This prevents your personal confidential information from being used other than in particular circumstances required by law, such as a public health emergency like an outbreak of a pandemic disease.

Type 2 opt out

NHS Digital collects information from a range of places where people receive care, such as hospitals and community services. If you do not want your personal confidential information to be shared outside of the HSCIC, for purposes other than for your direct care you can register a type 2 opt out with your GP practice.

How Do I opt out?

If you would like to opt out please write a letter addressed to the Administration Department at the Bedwell Medical Centre and detail at which level you would like to opt out; Type 1 or Type 2.


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