Guidance

Guidance for drug and alcohol treatment providers and clients

Guidelines for drug and alcohol treatment providers on sharing client's information with the National Drug and alcohol Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS).

Documents

Data sharing protocol between drug and alcohol treatment services

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NDTMS: Consent and confidentiality guidance

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Consent to PHE NDTMS

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PHE NDTMS patient information leaflet

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Details

The document helps treatment services to address patient concerns around confidentiality and data sharing with NDTMS.

The leaflet tells patients why their data is needed and helps them to give informed consent to their data being shared. Drug and alcohol treatment providers can use this guidance to help service users understand:

  • what information NDTMS uses and why
  • how to share information with NDTMS, and how that information is handled
  • how the data is collected, and how long it is retained
  • how to withdraw consent for data sharing

The consent statement should be used by all treatment providers in written or oral form to gather consent from individual clients to share some treatment data with PHE.

PHE NDTMS patient information leaflet explains:

  • what the PHE NDTMS is
  • why information about people’s drug and alcohol treatment is needed
  • who information is shared with
  • how we protect the information that we use

The leaflet can be shared with clients so that they understand how we use their data, and what their options are.

Published 12 April 2013
Last updated 7 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Data sharing protocol between drug and alcohol treatment services'.
  2. Replaced 2 original documents with 3 updated versions.
  3. First published.