Protecting your data



This privacy notice explains in detail the type of information (including personal data) that we, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) CCG, process about you. The CCG is a Data Controller. A Data Controller determines how the data will be processed and used within the CCG and with others who we share data with. We are legally responsible for ensuring that all personal data that we hold and use is done so in a way that meets the data protection principles under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018. This notice also explains how we handle that data and keep it safe.

The CCG also has a Caldicott Guardian. A Caldicott Guardian is a senior person within a health and social care organisation, preferably a health professional, who makes sure that personal information about those who use its services is used legally, ethically, appropriately and that confidentiality is maintained. The Caldicott Guardian for the CCG is: Dr Chris Duffy (HMR CCG Chair)

To contact Dr Duffy please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will continually review and update this privacy notice to reflect changes in our services and to comply with changes in the law.  When such changes occur, we will revise the last updated date as documented in the version status in the footer of this document.

What do we do?

Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale Commissioning Group is an NHS commissioning organisation. We are responsible for planning, buying and monitoring (also known as commissioning) health services from healthcare providers, such as hospitals and GP practices, for our local population to provide the highest quality of healthcare.

Accurate, timely and relevant information is essential for our work. This helps us design and plan current and future health and care services, evidence and review our services and manage budgets.

We also have a performance monitoring role of these services, which includes responding to any concerns or complaints (or if appropriate referring you to NHS England) for our patients regarding the services we offer.


To view the HMR CCG Privacy Notice in full, please click here 


Information about Your Data Matters to the NHS campaign

The introduction of the national data opt-out in May 2018 follows on from recommendations made by the National Data Guardian for a national data opt-out to give patients and the public more control over how their confidential patient information is used for research and planning purposes.

Find out more


Health and care professionals

Further information for health and care professionals about the national data opt-out is available on our website at: where you can sign up to a newsletter to be kept up to date on developments. 

NHS Digital will be the first organisation to uphold the new national data opt-out.  By 2020 it is expected that all other health and care organisations will respect the national data opt-out.


From 25 May patients can find out more about data use and the choice they can make online at  Or to make their choice they can call: 0300 303 5678.

For any queries relating to the Nation Opt Out please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The CCG also uses MSD Healthcare to assist with risk stratification specifically related to the Long Term Conditions Project detailed below. MSD Healthcare will work with pseudonymised data to combine data analytics with the goal of helping reduce the risks of Long Term Conditions for HMR residents. The project seeks to develop a tool combining data analytics with a telehealth service for managing patients at risk of developing Long Term Conditions and is designed to help medical professionals better predict who may be at risk and therefore monitor and/or take preventative action where appropriate.

MSD are an NHS England approved risk stratification supplier on behalf of HMR CCG. For the full list of registered risk stratification suppliers, please visit:

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