Fair Processing Notice
How we use your information
The CCG is responsible for buying (also known as commissioning) health services from healthcare providers such as hospitals, for our local population.
We also monitor the performance and quality of these services. In general we only use data that has been anonymised or pseudonymised for these purposes.
There are certain circumstances in which the CCG will have access to identifiable data about patients, for example:
- when responding to concerns/complaints from patients about commissioned services
- when handling Individual funding requests
- when handling NHS Continuing Healthcare applications
- for the purposes of safeguarding adults or children
The CCG may also share de-identified statistical information with NHS and partner agencies for the purpose of improving local services, for example understanding how health conditions spread across our local area compared to other areas.
For the full detail on how we use and share information please review our Fair Processing Notice. Download BHCCG Fair Processing Notice Sept 2016 FINAL.pdf This includes information about all our uses of personal data, how we keep information secure, details about Risk Stratification and Invoice Validation and information on how to opt-out of uses of your personal data. This document is updated at least annually - most recently in July 2017.
Accessing Records held by the CCG
If you wish to access any information the CCG may hold about you, please contact our Information Governance (IG) Manager to make a Subject Access Request (SAR):
Write to: Information Governance Manager, NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 4AH
Requests are handled in line with our Subject Access Requests (SAR) Procedures and you can use the Subject Access Request form Download B&H CCG SUBJECT ACCESS REQUEST FORM.docx to make your request if it’s helpful.
The CCG is involved in supporting GP practices to make the best use of computer systems to speed up your care and improve your treatment.
Below you can find information on health records held online.
- Keeping Your Online Health and Social Care Records Safe and Secure – a guide from the NHS England
- Using GP Services Online – helpful information from the Tinder Foundation
- It’s Your Record: A guide to accessing health records online - a guide from MyHealthLondon
- Records Access Information for Patient – information from the Royal College of GPs
Summary Care Information
All practices in Brighton and Hove now add basic information about their patients, called Core Summary Care Information, to a central informatics system which can be used by other healthcare professionals such as A&E or Out of Hours GPs to care for you more efficiently. This information includes details of medications, allergies, and adverse reactions.
If you would prefer not to have this information shared outside your GP practice, you can opt out of this at any time. Please contact your GP surgery to opt out.
You can find more information on the NHS Digital website.
Help with Health Information Online
You can find lots of health information online, whether it is about eating healthily and looking after yourself, facts about health conditions, or information on health services in your area.
All our member GP practices now have a website. You can find links to all practice websites on the Our Member Practices page. At some GP Practices, you can also book an appointment or order a repeat prescription using the practice website.
GP Practices are also working to make your records available to you online - you can find more information about this on the NHS Choices website
If you want to learn more about how to find health information online, you can find learning programmes to support you at www.learnmyway.com/what-next/health
People who have used this learning have reported that they have found it easier to eat more healthily and find out about how to look after their health, and that they have spent less time at the doctors and saved money on travelling there, after using these programmes.
You can also find out where to get free help with getting online at digitalbrightonandhove.org.uk.