Data Sharing

If you are concerned that your data has been inappropriately this is due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Secretary of State issued a Control of Patient Information (COPI) notice which provides for the processing of patient information in relation to communicable diseases and other threats to public health. The current version of these notices can be inspected at this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-notification-of-data-controllers-to-share-information

The COPI notice requires us to share data for purposes relating to COVID-19. To simplify the management of this sharing in North Central London, health and care organisations across Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington agreed a standard sharing approach to ensure that we could effectively manage patient information and share staff as needed for COVID-19 related issues, including maintaining the overall healthcare service..

As part of the national vaccination programme, staff from the councils and other organisations have been seconded to the NHS, with formal contracts, to support the process of calling patients who have not yet had their vaccination. This is to ensure that we have offered the vaccination to all our registered patient population and to follow up anyone who has not responded to the offer.

All calls are made on behalf of patients’ registered GP practice and the data provided to the seconded staff are the minimum for the purposes of making the call.Staff are strictly bound by the data protection laws and the NHS code of confidentiality.

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