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Indirect Care

Processing for Indirect Care purposes

We also use information we hold about you to:

• Review the care we provide to ensure it is of the highest standard and quality
• Ensure our services can meet patient needs in the future
• Investigate patient queries, complaints and legal claims
• Ensure the hospital receives payment for the care you receive
• Prepare statistics on NHS performance
• Audit NHS accounts and services
• Undertake heath research and development (with your consent – you may choose whether or not to be involved)
• Help train and educate healthcare professionals

Nationally there are strict controls on how your information is used for these purposes.  These control whether your information has to be de-identified first and with whom we may share identifiable information.

You can find out more about these purposes, which are also known as secondary uses, on the NHS England and Health and Social Care Information Centre’s websites:

 If you would like to “opt out”

The NHS Constitution states “You have the right to request that your confidential information is not used beyond your own care and treatment and to have your objections considered”. There may be occasions when it is not possible to exercise your right to “Opt Out”, such as when we have an obligation by law or for the purposes of safeguarding adults and children.

It is also important to note that by opting out there could be consequences, which will be discussed with you if you are considering using an opt-out.  If you wish to Opt out please contact the Information Governance Team on 01908 995045 or Email: dataprotectionofficer@mkuh.nhs.uk