In order for NWAS to fulfil its functions, information is shared between various organisations which include: Acute hospitals, General practices, Clinical Commissioning Groups, community services, mental health, nursing homes, and many others.
Information sharing with other NHS agencies and non-NHS organisations
We may share your information for health purposes and for your benefit with other organisations such as other NHS Trusts, General Practitioners, other partner organisations who could be providing specialist services on our behalf.
Information may also need to be shared with other non-NHS organisations, from which you are receiving care. Where information sharing is required with these third parties, we will always have a relevant Information Sharing Agreement in place and will not disclose any health information without an appropriate lawful principle.
Our guiding principle is that we are holding your records in strictest confidence.
We are required by Law to report certain information to the appropriate authorities. This is only provided after formal permission has been given by a qualified health professional and where appropriate ratified by the Caldicott Guardian / Data Protection Officer. We may be asked to share basic information about you, such as your name and address or sensitive information (i.e. health information). This would normally be to assist them to carry out their statutory duties.
How your records are used to help the NHS
Your information may be used to help assess the needs of the general population and make informed decisions about the provision of future services. Information can also be used to conduct health research and development and monitor NHS performance.
Where information is used for statistical purposes, stringent measures are taken to ensure individual patients cannot be identified. Anonymous statistical information may also be passed to organisations with a legitimate interest, including universities, community safety units and research institutions.
Where it is not sufficient to use anonymised information, person-identifiable information may be used, but only for essential NHS purposes. This may include research and auditing services. This will only be done with your consent, unless the law requires information to be passed on to improve public health.