Collecting information about Ethnicity
Ethnic monitoring is an important issue for the Practice.
When you join the surgery will be asked to complete a patient registration form. This form includes questions about your ethnic group. Everyone belongs to a group so all our patients are being asked to describe their own ethnic group.
Once you are registered, you may also be sent a questionnaire by text message if we do not hold this information on your record.
Why do we collect ethnic data?
- To understand the needs of patients from different groups and provide better and more appropriate services. We want everyone, no matter what their ethnic group, religion or culture, to be able to use our services easily.
- To identify patients at risk – some groups are more at risk of specific diseases. Ethnic group data can help staff ensure you access appropriate services. It will help us to understand your individual needs.
- Comply with the law [Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000] which gives public authorities a duty to promote race equality. It is legislative requirement to monitor the ethnic group of ALL patients to identify who might be at a greater risk from conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, etc. and to ensure that race discrimination is not taking place.
The information you provide will be treated as part of your confidential medical record and will not be shared with any other person or organisation. The NHS has strict standards regarding data protection and your information will be carefully safeguarded. Once you have told us your ethnic group, we do not need to ask you these questions again.