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Why share?

Your GP, hospitals, community health, mental health and social care teams could all hold important information about your care, but it has not always been easily accessed to other parts of your local NHS and care community.

Sharing with My Care Record means:

  • key parts of your records are immediately available to health and care professionals who are directly involved in your care
  • members of your care team may be able to access the information they need to look after you, even if they work for different organisations. 

My Care Record provides you with; 

  • Better co-ordinated and seamless care 
  • Quicker diagnosis and treatment 
  • Fewer unnecessary clinical tests
  • More accurate prescriptions
  • Safer and more secure decision making from those involved in your care

For a full list of FAQ’s please click here

Previously patient information and care records will have been made available via traditional methods such as secure post, or email, which can be slow and, at times, unreliable, and possibly prolonging  diagnosis and treatment. My Care Record is accessed via new and existing secure health and care computer systems. If your record is requested, it collects the information from the different systems and shows the information to the health or care professional treating you. 

My Care Record is ‘read only’ and information is viewed from your original record.

My Care Record reduce the time spent by professionals checking details from different health and social care organisations. It can also reduce delays to your treatment caused by a lack of information.

You may also have heard about two national projects known as Summary Care Records and care.data. These are very different to My Care Record.

Summary Care Records

The Summary Care Record (SCR) is a way for the NHS to allow some of your information to be shared nationally between clinicians to support urgent care. Unlike My Care Record, a Summary Care Record does not provide a complete picture of your health and social care. NHS Choices has more information about Summary Care Records. 

care.data

There has been a lot in the news about a NHS data sharing project called care.data. This is not the same as My Care Record.

Care.data was a programme introduced in 2014, where information on GP records would be shared with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). This has been suspended (July 2016) following a review by Dame Fiona Caldicott.

My Care Record is a local programme which has been introduced to provide better joined-up, seamless care to people living locally and is not linked to Care.data in any way.