In the summer of 2015 Healthwatch Surrey carried out a survey across the county investigating people’s view on record sharing between the health and social care professionals involved in their care. The survey was distributed via a variety of channels both in hard copy and online, and excited considerable public and professional interest. 577 surveys were completed. The issue was also explored in four focus groups with people over 65 years of age in locations across Surrey.
The overarching conclusion was that if the parameters of health and care record sharing are kept within the confines of the health and care professions, and there are procedures in place to ensure security, confidentiality and accuracy, there was strong support from survey respondents for sharing all or part of their health and care record with all or some of the health and care professionals involved in their care