Do we share your information with other organisations?

We commission a number of organisations (both within and outside of the NHS) to provide healthcare services to you such as Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust and East Sussex Hospital NHS Trust. We may also share anonymised statistical information with them for the purpose of improving local services, research, audit and public health; for example understanding how health conditions spread across our local area compared against other areas. . We do not share information outside of the European Economic Area (EEA).

If you are receiving services from the NHS, we share information that does not identify you (anonymised) with other NHS and social care partner agencies for the purpose of improving local services, research, audit and public health.

We would not share information that identifies you unless we have a fair and lawful basis such as:

  • You have given us permission;
  • We need to act to protect children and vulnerable adults;
  • When a formal court order has been served upon us;
  • When we are lawfully required to report certain information to the appropriate authorities e.g. to prevent fraud or a serious crime;
  • Emergency Planning reasons such as for protecting the health and safety of others;
  • When permission is given by the Secretary of State or the Health Research Authority on the advice of the Confidentiality Advisory Group to process confidential information without the explicit consent of individuals.

The law provides some NHS bodies, particularly NHS Digital, (formally the Health and Social Care Information Centre) ways of collecting and using patient data that cannot identify a person to help commissioners to design and procure the combination of services that best suit the population they serve.

How we process information within the CCG