Patient information on plans for collecting anonymous fit note data From January 2016

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) will soon begin to collect anonymous data from general practice clinical systems on patients who have been issued with a fit note.

This information is required by the HSCIC under section 259 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Anonymised data on the use of fit notes is being provided to the HSCIC on behalf of Department of Health (DOH), and the Department for Work and Pensions (DPW). This will enable the DWP to undertake research analysis to inform policy relating to employment and sickness absence, including evaluation of Fit for Work.

The data collected includes the type and duration of the fit note, recommendations for adjustments to enable a return to work, health condition, geographic area and gender.

Please note that data will not be extracted for those patients who have objected to their identifiable data from leaving the practice for purposes beyond their direct care. These objections will be respected, even though the extract does not include any patient identifiable data.

If you do not want information that identifies you to be shared outside your GP practice, please inform the practice and we will make a note of this in your medical record. This will prevent your confidential information from being used other than in special circumstances required by law, such as a public health emergency. This is known as a type 1 objection.

Where to get more information about the use of my personal information

Get information on use of personal data and the options available to patients on the HSCIC website

 Additional general information

Information Commissioners Office – UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

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