Confidentiality & information sharing
You might find that healthcare professionals do not give you information about the person you care for. This section explains why this happens and how you can try to stop this in the future.
- Professionals can only share information about your relative if your relative tells them that they can. This is called ‘giving consent’.
- In limited situations, a professional can share personal information without your relative’s consent.
- Professionals should listen to you if you are concerned or want to give them information about your relative.
- Your relative should sign a consent form if they are happy for professionals to share their information with you.
- Your relative could fill out an advance statement to explain what they want to happen if they become unwell and their judgment is affected.
This section covers:
- Key Words
- What is confidentiality?
- When can a professional share information without consent?
- Can a professional share information with me about my relative?
- Can I give information about my relative to a professional?
- I’m the nearest relative, what information can I get about my relative?
- What arrangements can I make for the future?
These pages are created by the Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in July 2016. Next review July 2019.
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