Third parties we share information with

There are circumstances where we need to share information without your consent. For example, when the health and safety of others (including members of staff) is at risk, to ensure we provide you with the correct care, to protect public health or when the law requires information to be passed on. Or for the prevention or investigation of serious crime, under a court order, when sharing is in the public interest, where there are safeguarding concerns for vulnerable people.

Information may be withheld if it is believed it may cause serious harm or distress to you or to another person.

Sometimes it is necessary for us to share information with another organisation. For example, you may be receiving care from social services and we may need to share information about you so we can all work together for your benefit.

We will only ever use or pass on information about you if others involved in your care have a genuine need for it. Anyone who receives information from us is also under a legal duty to keep it confidential and secure.

We may also share your information with organisations such as:

  • NHS Trusts;
  • community staff/district nurses;
  • the ambulance or other emergency services;
  • other general practitioners;
  • child and adult safeguarding services e.g. MASH;
  • social services;
  • local authorities;
  • NHS 111;
  • Care Quality Commission and other regulated auditors e.g. the Information Commissioners Office; and
  • Public Health England.

Information/Data sharing agreements

The Trust is bound by data and information sharing agreements with our partner organisations. These sharing agreements ensure that we only share information in a way that complies with the law. Regular information sharing is supported by information sharing agreements with our partner organisations to ensure all parties are clear in how this information may be used and their legal obligations to protect and keep your data safe and secure.