Information sharing

We are committed to sharing personal information appropriately and lawfully.

Sometimes we may need to share your information with other organisations. Wherever possible, we will ask your permission before sharing it. However, there are certain circumstances where the 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 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 NHS Care Records Guarantee also contains details regarding information sharing and is available from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

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

The Trust's Caldicott Guardian is our Medical Director Dr Sandeep Ranote