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NHS revises patient consent model for electronic records

Patients will be asked for permission before their Summary CareRecord (SCR) is viewed by clinicians or other staff across the NHS,under a new consent model announced this week.

Revising theconsent model was considered important following extensive consultationamong nurses and doctors and following an independent evaluation of theSCR programme, commissioned by NHS Connecting for Health and providedby University College London (UCL).

The decision to move to arevised consent model was ratified at an NHS Care Records Board meetingon Wednesday (17 September 2008).

Patients will also be able tocontribute to their records and record their wishes for how their careis managed through HealthSpace, the secure website that storespatients' personal health information.

Dr Gillian Braunold,Clinical Director of the SCR and HealthSpace Programme, said: "Eversince we began introducing the SCR in our early adopter PCTs, we havediscussed how best to make sure that patients are fully aware and happyto have an electronic record of their key health details.

"TheUCL report, which we commissioned, confirmed our view that it wasimportant to change the consent model to simplify it and make it workbetter for patients and clinicians.

"We have listened to doctorsand nurses who have raised concerns about the complexity of the earliermodel, and are certain we now have a model which will work across afull range of care situations.

"It will continue to offerpatients control over its use, while making it possible to providesafer, better quality care to them."

NHS Connecting for Health