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The information you share with us is kept securely. All Trust employees are subject to a code of confidentiality. However sometimes your information does need to be shared with other organisations and below are some of the reasons why.

Your personal identifiable information is shared:

  • between healthcare professionals in hospital to treat you
  • between the hospital and your general practice to enable continuity of your care
  • between Wirral University Teaching Hospital and other health and social care providers to enable continuity of your care
  • in cases of research and clinical trials that you have consented to take part in
  • for large scale epidemiology studies such as notifiable diseases under the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010
  • to respond to complaints and litigation
  • to compare and improve procedures and treatment
  • with your representatives/next of kin/solicitors with your consent
  • with the Police when it is legal to do so

Your anonymised information is used:

  • to provide results of audit ensuring we maintain high standards of care and treatment
  • to help us plan future services
  • to teach and train our junior staff
  • to provide assurance of targets set in delivery of your treatment and record activity
  • to ensure we meet our contract with Commissioners for the delivery of your care
  • to provide assurance of our data quality
  • for research
  • to respond to Freedom of Information Requests

 The Healthy Wirral Privacy Notice 

Where information is to be shared across organisational boundaries on a regular basis information sharing protocols or agreements should be in place between all of the sharing parties involved. These documents are known by various different names, e.g. Information Sharing Protocols/Data Sharing Agreements/Information Sharing Arrangements.  

The Trust adopts a three tiered system:

Tier 0 (Overarching Information Sharing Framework) - This is a high level agreement, in principle, to share information with partner organisations within the limits of law and guidance. Tier 1 documents are approved and signed by the organisational Chief Accountable Officer or equivalent. The Tier 0 document is underpinned by:

Tier 1 (Information Sharing Arrangement) - This sits under the Tier 0 and outlines the parameters for sharing, what is to be shared, the purposes and legal basis for sharing. This document is agreed and signed by the Caldicott Guardian in an NHS organisation or non-NHS equivalent. This document requires completion before it can be agreed as the specific purpose has to be included.

Tier 2 (Operational Arrangement) - This sits under the Tier 1 and describes the day to day operational processes that ensure the sharing is carried out to good governance standards. Tier 2 documents are approved and signed by the Caldicott Guardians.

Please see the below list of Information Sharing Agreements (ISAs):

List of ISAs involving WUTH NHS Foundation Trust

Name of Agreement

Status

Owner

Other organisations party to the agreement

Teenage Conception Data

 

Tier 1 – Live

Tier 2 – Live

Tier 3 – Live

Wirral Council (Public Health)

None

UK Transplant Potential Donor Audit

Section 60 Approval – Live

NHS Blood & Transplant (UK Transplant Division)

None

Vascular Governance

Vascular Governance Information Sharing Protocol – Live 

Vascular Governance North West c/o University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

None

Review of community attributed Clostridium Difficile cases in patients who have been admitted to acute care

Tier 0 – Live

Tier 2 – Live

 

Joint between Wirral Community NHS Trust & Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

None

Daily Heart Failure Admissions

Tier 1 – Live

Tier 3 – Live

 

Joint between Wirral Community NHS Trust & Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

None

Universal Antenatal Contact

Tier 1 – Live

Tier 2 – Live

 

Joint between Wirral Community NHS Trust & Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

None

North West Ambulance Service

Information Sharing Agreement - Live

Northwest Ambulance Service NHS Trust

None

St. John's Hospice

Tier 1 – Live

Tier 2 – Under Review

Tier 3 – Under Review

 

Joint between Wirral Community NHS Trust, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Wirral Hospital St John’s

See owner details

Wirral Domestic Abuse - Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

Information Sharing & Operating Protocol - Under Review

Wirral Community Safety Partnership

  • Merseyside Police
  • Merseyside Probation Trust
  • Wirral Partnership Homes
  • Wirral Community NHS Trust
  • Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wirral Council
  • Wirral Woman & Children’s Aid
  • Wirral Rape & Sexual Abuse  Advisory Service
  • Catch 22 – Intensive Family Support Service
  • Merseyside Victim Support Service
  • Zero Centres
  • Arch Initiatives

Provision of Wardwatcher/MIDAS dataset to Contract & Information Shared Service Unit (CISSU)

Data Processor Agreement – Live

Cheshire & Mersey Commissioning Support Unit

 

 

UK Birth Centres

Information Sharing Agreement - Live

UK Birth Centres

Wirral Community NHS Trust

 

Trauma & Injury Intelligence Group

Information Sharing Agreement - Live

Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University

 

Children's Services & Children's Centres

Information Sharing Agreement - Under Review

Cheshire West & Cheshire Council

  • Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS England

Data Sharing Agreement for Oncology Alerts

Data Sharing Agreement – Live

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

 

National Prostate Cancer Audit

Written Agreement – Live 

National Prostate Cancer Audit

 

Internal Audits

Tier 3 – Current

 

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mersey Internal Audit Agency

Linkage of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination Records

Data Sharing Agreement – Live

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Public Health England
  • Cheshire, Wirral & Warrington Area Team
  • Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Cheshire NHS Trust
  • Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Cheshire & Mersey - Information Sharing Code of Practice 

Tier 0 - Under review

Cheshire & Mersey Information Governance Group

  • See Tier 2

Wirral Crisis Concordat Action Planning

Tier 3 – Live

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

HENW PARE 

Data Sharing Greement-Live

Health Education north West

 

One to One Midwives

Tier 1 - Live

One to One Midwives 

 
Speech and Language Therapy Access Caldicott Agreement

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Wirral Community NHS Trust
Invoice Validation Information Sharing Agreement - Live

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

 
Acute Kidney Injury outcome in Surgery Study (OAKS Study) Tier 2- Live

Wirral University Teaching Hospital

  • STARSurg (student audit and research in surgery)
Wirral MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) Information Sharing Agreement- Under Review

Wirral MASH

  • Wirral Borough Council
  • Merseyside Police
  • Merseyside Probation Trust
  • Wirral Community NHS Trust
  • Wirral Community Safety Partnership
  • Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Catch 22-Intensive Family Support Service
  • Inclusion Matters
  • Wirral CCG
  • Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service
  • Department for Work & Pensions
  • Wirral Community Rehabilitation Company
  • National Probation
  • Wirral Ways to Recovery
  • Wirral Community Safeguarding Partnership
One-to-One (Commissioning and Payment) Information Sharing Agreement-Live

Wirral University Teaching Hospital

  • One-to-One
NHS England Cheshire & Merseyside Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme  Information Sharing Agreement - Live

NHS England

 
National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration Service (NCARDRS) Tier 2 – Live

Public Health England

 
Agreement to Inform Commissioners of Activity Provided Requiring Reimbursement Information Sharing Agreement - Live

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

 

Remote Radiology Reporting

Tier 2 – Live

Wirral University Teaching Hospital

  • Medica Reporting Ltd

EMBARC Study

Information Sharing Agreement - Live

University of Dundee

 

CWP A&E MENTAL HEALTH ATTENDERS

Information Sharing Agreement - Live

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

 

Last reviewed:9th February 2017

Patient/ Public Information Leaflets
 Title   Live Date   Review Date 
 Protecting Privacy Booklet   June 2017   June 2018
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