Policy paper

Sharing data in line with patients' reasonable expectations

Reports of 2 events examining how health and care data may be shared to support individual care, and the importance of understanding patient expectations.



The National Data Guardian (NDG) and its panel of advisers have been looking at the circumstances under which health and care data may be shared, and the role that patients’ reasonable expectations play in shaping these circumstances.

An important part of this work has been examining how implied consent is used within health and care settings to share patient data and support individual care.

The NDG has held 2 seminars to examine this topic, in conjunction with Sheffield Solutions at the University of Sheffield. The reports provide an account of those events and look forward to the next stage of this work, which will be a piece of public engagement to take place in early 2018.

Published 30 November 2017