Everyone working for the NHS must keep information about you confidential.
All NHS organisations follow the principles and values set out in the NHS Constitution when using and sharing personal information.
Information about your health and care is confidential and not routinely shared with the CCG. However, we may on occasion need to access and use certain personal information with your consent if, for example, we are involved in helping you resolve a complaint or if we fund specialised treatment for you.
We will only use information about you in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the common-law duty of confidentiality.
To effectively commission health services for north east Essex we need to use anonymised data about the local population. Accurate and relevant information is essential when planning your health services and conducting research.
We do not share personal information about you with other organisations without your permission. However, there may be circumstances where we are required by law to report certain information to the appropriate authorities, for example, to protect vulnerable children and adults from harm or to prevent fraud.
In such cases, permission to share must be sought from our Caldicott Guardian, who is responsible for ensuring confidential patient information is protected. We are obliged to tell you when we share your information, unless doing so puts you or others at risk of harm.
Read our Fair Processing Notice to find out exactly how we use your information and date and to find out how to access your health record.
The NHS Constitution was created to protect the NHS and make sure it will always do the things it was set up to do in 1948 – to provide high-quality healthcare that’s free and for everyone. No government can change the Constitution without the full involvement of staff, patients and the public. The Constitution is a promise that the NHS will always be there for you.
For the first time in the history of the NHS, the Constitution brings together in one place details of what staff, patients and the public can expect from the NHS. It also explains what you can do to help support the NHS, help it work effectively, and help ensure that its resources are used responsibly. The Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient. These rights cover how patients access health services, the quality of care you’ll receive, the treatments and programmes available to you, confidentiality, information and your right to complain if things go wrong.
One of the primary aims of the Constitution is to set out clearly what patients, the public and staff can expect from the NHS and what the NHS expects from them in return.
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