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Other data sharing initiatives

How Your Care Connected differs from other data sharing initiatives

You may have heard of a number of other data sharing initiatives that are being implemented by the NHS and it is important to understand the differences between them so that you can make informed decisions about the care you receive.

Other data sharing initiatives that are NOT related to Your Care Connected

There are currently a number of other NHS data sharing initiatives which you may be aware of, some of which operate nationally.

These are not related to Your Care Connected, but you need to be aware of the differences so that you can make informed decisions about the sharing of relevant parts your GP record.

We have created this table to show the differences between the various data sharing initiatives:


Please note: if you have previously chosen not to share your GP record through schemes such as the summary care record, this decision does not extend to Your Care Connected at this time. This is because we believe you have the right to make decisions about the sharing of your information on a case by case basis and that we should not make assumptions on your behalf based on your previous choices.

Summary Care Record

What is Summary Care Record?

The Summary Care Record has similarities with Your Care Connected in that it provides authorised healthcare staff with faster, secure access to essential information about you when you need unplanned care or when your GP practice is closed. However, the Summary Care Record only shares information on medication and allergies and so is not as comprehensive as Your Care Connected, and the data is also stored remotely in a ‘data warehouse’.

Visit the Summary Care Record website for more information.


What is GPES?

The General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) is centrally managed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The service extracts information from general practice IT clinical systems for a wide range of secondary (i.e. not for your direct care) purposes. It also forms part of the new process for providing payments to GPs and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). GPES has the potential to improve patient care by ensuring the information on general practice systems in England can be accessed and used efficiently in a standardised way. By making this information available to the NHS and other approved organisations, GPES supports a diverse range of services and initiatives that aim to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness.

You can learn more on the GPES website.

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