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Direct Care

Processing for Direct care purposes:

Unless you object, we will normally share information about you with other health and social care professionals directly involved in your care so that you may receive the best quality care. For example every time you attend the hospital as a patient, we will send your GP a summary of any diagnoses, test results or treatment given.
You may be receiving care from other people as well as the NHS, for example Social Care Services. We may need to share some information about you with them so we can all work together for your benefit. We will only do this when they have a genuine need for it or we have your permission.

Examples of who we may share your information with, subject to strict agreement about how it will be used, are:

• Social Care Services
• Education Services
• Local Authorities
• Voluntary and private sector providers working with the NHS

We will not disclose your information to any other third parties without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as when either your or somebody else’s health and safety is at risk; or the law requires us to pass on information.


Through sharing information ethically and lawfully the NHS is able to improve its understanding of the most important health needs and the quality of the treatment and care provided.

Legal Basis

The processing is necessary for health and social care purposes:-
a) Preventative and occupational medicine
b) The assessment of the working capacity of an employee
c) medical diagnosis
d) the provision of healthcare and treatment
e) the provision of social care, or
f) the management of healthcare systems or services or social care systems or services