Dear Wokingham Borough Council,

I would like to make a request under the FOI Act.

For the purposes of the Act, please take the date of your receipt of this request as 10th March 2016.

I am interested in the relationship between your organisation and the Connected Care clinical data repository (Graphnet 3rd party database), which I will refer to as "CC" in this FOI request, and as mentioned in this article:
http://www.digitalhealth.net/shared_care...

I wondered if you were one of the "6 local authorities" mentioned in that report.

• Please could you tell me whether your organisation is already extracting and uploading personal confidential data about patients/clients to the CC database?

• If not commenced already, do you have plans to commence feeds into the CC database at anytime between now and 31st March 2017?

If the answer to both of the above is no, then thank you very much, ignore the remainder of this request, and please consider my request closed.

However, if your organisation is already uploading, or is planning to before March 31st 2017, then please can you provide me with the following:

• Any and all fair processing information (posters/leaflets/handouts) made available, or planning to be made available, to patients/clients informing them of this new use of their data

• Any and all policies on the implementation of CC feeds by your organisation

• The types/nature of information that you are, or will be, extracting and uploading to the CC database

I am aware of the opt-out arrangements available at contributing GP surgeries. However, I am interested in how patients can (or if they cannot) prohibit your organisation from extracting and uploading information to the CC database in the first place (processing of their data which would have no purpose or justification if they have already opted-out at their GP surgery).

• Please could you tell me process available to patients to express dissent to *you*, for this type of processing of their data, and so block extraction uploading of all their personal confidential data to the CC database by your organisation (in line with the DPA and NHS Constitution)

• Please could you tell me whether the data controller for the CC database informs you when patients have opted out of having a CC record (e.g. having opted out at their GP surgery), which would in theory allow you to switch of the feed to the CC database for that patient's information

I would be grateful if you would be kind enough to send me the requested information promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth working day following the date of receipt of my request.

I would be grateful if you would kindly acknowledge receipt of this request as recommended by the ICO (“It would be good practice to acknowledge receipt of requests and to refer to the 20 working day time limit, so that applicants know their request is being dealt with”).

Thank you once again.

Kind regards,

Dr Neil Bhatia

informationrequests, Wokingham Borough Council

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that we can accept requests via our on-line web-form, which you may find
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The online request form can be found at:
[1]http://axlr8.wokinghamfoi.org.uk/feedbac...

Yours sincerely

 

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Dear Neil Bhatia

RE: Freedom of Information Request Ref No: 7376

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information you
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Dear FOI Team,

Just a polite reminder that you need to respond to my request by the end of today, else you will be in breach of s10 of the Act.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Neil Bhatia

informationrequests, Wokingham Borough Council

Thank you for your email.

If you have submitted a Freedom of Information request, please be aware
that we can accept requests via our on-line web-form, which you may find
an easier way of submitting a request in future.

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Yours sincerely

 

Customer Services

 

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Wokingham Borough Council

Dear Dr Neil Bhatia,

RE: Freedom of Information Request Ref No: 7376

Thank you for your recent communication and I apologise for the delay in response. Please find below our response to your request.

1. Please could you tell me whether your organisation is already extracting and uploading personal confidential data about patients/clients to the CC database?
-No

2. If not commenced already, do you have plans to commence feeds into the CC database at anytime between now and 31st March 2017?
-Yes, possibly at the end of 2016 or 1st quarter of 2017.

3. Any and all fair processing information (posters/leaflets/handouts) made available, or planning to be made available, to patients/clients informing them of this new use of their data
-Work has yet to start on these.

4. Any and all policies on the implementation of CC feeds by your organisation
-We have not yet started this work.

5. The types/nature of information that you are, or will be, extracting and uploading to the CC database
-We are still considering requirements and have yet to reach a firm decision.

This concludes our formal response to your request. If you are dissatisfied with our response, you can request for it to be reviewed by contacting the Council’s Legal Services at Wokingham Borough Council via; Information Services, Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1BN, or e-mailing [Wokingham Borough Council request email] detailing the reasons why you are dissatisfied with the response. Please address your correspondence to Shared Legal Solutions.

Requests not resolved at that stage can be escalated to the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's Office , Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

For further information, please visit: www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Information Services
Customer Services & IMT

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More information about NHS data sharing, including:

• care.data
• The Summary Care Record,
• The Hampshire Health Record
• The Berkshire Health Record (Connected Care)
• The Manchester Care Record
• The Stockport Health and Care Record
• The Salford Integrated Record
• The West Cheshire Care Record
• The North Staffs and Stoke-on-Trent Shared Record
• The Dorset Care Record
• Secondary uses of your information
• Local data streaming initiatives

can be found at:

www.nhsdatasharing.info

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