Use of Information - National Screening

National screening programmes

· The NHS provides national screening programmes so that certain diseases can be detected at an early stage.

· These screening programmes include bowel cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, aortic aneurysms and a diabetic eye screening service.

· The law allows us to share your contact information with Public Health England so that you can be invited to the relevant screening programme.

· More information can be found at: or speak to the practice.


We are required by law to provide you with the following information about how we handle your information in relation to our legal obligations to share data.

Data Controller contact details


Lisa Roberts – Practice Manager

01704 879430


Data Protection Officer contact details


Susan Lowe – Management Partner

01704 878661

Purpose of the processing


Compliance with legal obligations or court order.

Lawful basis for processing


The following sections of the GDPR mean that we can share information when the law tells us to.


Article 6(1)(c) – ‘processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject…’


Article 9(2)(h) – ‘processing is necessary for the purpose of preventative…medicine…the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems and services...’

Recipient or categories of recipients of the processed data


·         The data will be shared with NHS Digital.

·         The data will be shared with the Care Quality Commission.

·         The data will be shared with our local health protection team or Public Health England.

·         The data will be shared with the court if ordered.


Rights to object and the national data opt-out


There are very limited rights to object when the law requires information to be shared but government policy allows some rights of objection as set out below.


NHS Digital

·         You have the right to object to information being shared with NHS Digital for reasons other than your own direct care.

·         This is called a ‘Type 1’ objection – you can ask your practice to apply this code to your record.

·         Please note: The ‘Type 1’ objection, however, will no longer be available after 2020.

·         This means you will not be able to object to your data being shared with NHS Digital when it is legally required under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The national data op-out model provides you with an easy way of opting-out of identifiable data being used for health service planning and research purposes, including when it is shared by NHS Digital for these reasons.

To opt-out or to find out more about your opt-out choices please go to NHS Digital’s website:



Public health

·         Legally information must be shared under public health legislation. This means that you are unable to object.


Care Quality Commission

·         Legally information must be shared when the Care Quality Commission needs it for their regulatory functions. This means that you are unable to object.


Court order

·         Your information must be shared if it ordered by a court. This means that you are unable to object.

Right to access and correct

·         You have the right to access your medical record and have any errors or mistakes corrected. Please speak to a member of staff or look at our ‘subject access request’ policy on the practice website –


  • We are not aware of any circumstances in which you will have the right to delete correct information from your medical record; although you are free to obtain your own legal advice if you believe there is no lawful purpose for which we hold the information and contact us if you hold a different view.

Retention period


GP medical records will be kept in line with the law and national guidance. Information on how long records are kept can be found at:

or speak to the practice.


Right to complain


You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. If you wish to complain follow this link  or call the helpline 0303 123 1113