Control of Patient Information (COPI) Update
The Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 allow the processing of Confidential Patient Information (CPI) for specific purposes. Regulation 3 provides for the processing of CPI in relation to communicable diseases and other threats to public health and in particular allows the Secretary of State to require organisations to process CPI for purposes related to communicable diseases.
The Secretary of State has issued four of these notices requiring NHS Digital, NHS England & Improvement, all healthcare organisations, Arms Length Bodies, Local Authorities and GPs (including a specific requirement related to the UK Biobank project) to process CPI for the purposes related to communicable diseases.
What does processing mean?
Under COPI Regulations 2002, processing means:
- the use, dissemination and obtaining of information;
- the recording and holding of information;
- the retrieval, alignment and combination of information;
- the organisation, adaption or alteration of information;
- the blocking, erasure and destruction of information.
What purposes are covered?
The COPI notices cover a range of purposes related to diagnosing, managing, and controlling the spread of communicable diseases. For COVID-19 purposes this could include but is not limited to:
- understanding COVID-19 and risks to public health, trends in COVID-19 and such risks, and controlling and preventing the spread of COVID-19 and such risks;
- identifying and understanding information about patients or potential patients with or at risk of COVID-19;
- delivering services to patients, clinicians, the health services;
- research and planning in relation to COVID-19.
What type of data is covered?
The notice covers confidential patient information so any data regardless of its identifiability, which is being used for the purposes set out above is covered. It will all be treated in line with the principles of GDPR i.e. fairly, lawfully and securely.
How long will the notices be in place?
COPI notices have now been extended until the end of March 2021 to help give healthcare organisations and Local Authorities the confidence to share the data needed to respond to Covid-19. The notices will be reviewed on or before 31 March 2021 or may be extended. If no further notices are issued, the notices will expire on 31 March 2021.
We Value your Feedback
Whitewater Health welcomes your feedback. In order for us to take the appropriate action, it would be useful for us if your feedback can be categorised as one of the following:
- Complaint ………………………or even a Compliment!
We always take feedback seriously, and will look at our systems and procedures to see if any action can be taken to stop any adverse incident reoccurring.
If you have any comments or suggestions for us, there is a suggestions box at both surgeries. Alternatively, please ring or write to the Practice Manager.
If you wish to see our complaints audit please also contact the Practice Manager.
For more information about our feedback procedures, please ask at reception when the staff will be pleased to give this to you.
Managing Follow up on Feedback
We believe that good healthcare is achieved by patient and doctor working together and therefore..
..we aim to provide:
- privacy, courtesy and confidentiality
- a simple health check if you are new to the practice
- health care on the basis of clinical need
- 24hour medical cover through HANTSDOC - a local consortium of GPs covering out of hours work
- a referral to a hospital based specialist when your GP considers it necessary · an explanation of your illness and proposed treatment, and to involve you in the process of deciding on treatment options
- access to your written and computerised health records within the limitations of the law
In return we ask you to:
- offer our staff the same courtesy and respect as they offer you
- inform the practice in good time if you are unable to keep an appointment
- only request a home or out of hours visit if absolutely necessary
- make a separate appointment for each person needing to be seen
- inform us in writing of any change of address or telephone number as soon as that change occurs.
We will try:
- to process your repeat prescriptions within 2 working days
- not to keep you waiting unnecessarily beyond your appointment time
- keep you up to date with information via a periodic news sheet.
The practice complies with Data Protection and Access to Medical Records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:
- To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
- To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
- When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases Anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.
If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.
Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.
NON NHS CHARGES
Please note that not all fees are covered under the free National Health Service. For a list of private services please click below :
Fees for non NHS Services
Freedom of Information
The ICO has published a new Model Publication Scheme that all public authorities are required to adopt by 1st January 2009.
Model Publication Scheme - further information
All GP practices are required to declare the mean net earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
This is required in the interests of the greater public accountability recognising GP pay is ultimately funded from tax paid by the public.
The average pay for GPs working in Whitewater Health in the last financial year was £95,397 before tax and national insurance. This is for 6 full time GPs,
5 part time GPs and 0 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.