Information sharing

We are committed to sharing personal information appropriately and lawfully.

To provide effective health care, we routinely share your information with other organisations involved in your care, including your GP and other NHS and Social Care organisations. Our Trust has a legitimate legal basis to share information to provide direct care for health and social care purposes under the new Data Protection legislation.

Sometimes we may need to share your information with other organisations. We will identify an appropriate legal basis to share information in such instances and, if necessary, we will ask your permission before sharing it. However, there are certain circumstances where our Trust does not need to, for example:
  • If the information has been anonymised so you are not identifiable
  • If you need urgent medical treatment
  • To protect children, young people and adults from harm, abuse or neglect
  • To assist the prevention or detection of a crime
  • If we are ordered to provide information as part of legal proceedings
  • If there is an overriding public interest concern
The Caldicott Principles set the standards for handling patient identifiable information. These standards are defined as seven general principles:

  1. Justify why you need to use it
  2. Only use it when absolutely necessary
  3. Use the minimum information required
  4. Access should be on a strict need-to-know basis
  5. Everyone involved must understand and be aware of their responsibilities
  6. Understand and comply with the law
  7. The duty to share information can be as important as the duty to protect patient confidentiality

Our Trust's Caldicott Guardian is our Medical Director Dr Sandeep Ranote. The Caldicott Guardian is responsible for protecting the confidentiality of patients’ and service users’ information and enabling appropriate information sharing.