When your information might be shared with other organisations

Islington CCG commissions a number of organisations (both within the NHS and outside of the NHS) to provide healthcare services to you. We may also share anonymised statistical information with providers for the purposes of improving local services, for example to understand how health conditions spread across our local area when compared against other areas. 

Where information sharing is required with third parties, we will always have a relevant contract and data sharing agreement in place. We would not share any detailed health information without your explicit consent unless there are exceptional circumstances such as when the health and safety of others is at risk, to prevent fraud, protect children and vulnerable adults from harm or where the law requires it (a formal court order has been serves requiring us to do so). 

In these cases, permission to share must be given by our Caldicott Guardian, who is the senior person in the CCG responsible for ensuring the protection of confidential patient and service user information. We are obliged to tell you that we have shared your information unless doing so would put you or others at risk of harm.  

The law provides some NHS bodies, particularly the Health and Social Care Information Centre (NHS Digital), with permission to collect and use patient data to help commissioners to design and procure the combination of services that best suit the population that they serve. The patient data that is supplied is not in a form that will identify you.

National Fraud Initiative

We are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may share information provided with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud. The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

We participate in the Cabinet Office's National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. 

The processing of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under data protection legislation or the General Data Protection Regulation. For further information on the reasons why it matches particular information please click here

For further information on data matching at the North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group please contact Erin Sims, Counter Fraud Specialist, by emailing: erin.sims@nhs.net

Further information on how the National Fraud Initiative has assisted the NHS and other public sector organisations is also available here.