Our mission

use MY data is a movement of patients, carers and relatives

use MY data supports and promotes the protection of individual choice, freedom and privacy in the sharing of healthcare data to improve patient treatments and outcomes.

use MY data endeavours to highlight the many benefits that appropriate usage of healthcare data can make, to save lives and improve care for all.

use MY data aims to educate and harness the patient voice to understand aspirations and concerns around the use of data in healthcare delivery, in service improvement and in research, aimed at improving patient decision making, treatment and experience.

Our projects

Promote individual choice, freedom and privacy in the sharing of healthcare data to improve patient treatments and outcomes, recognising the patient contribution

Read about our projects

Members' voices

Highlight the many benefits that appropriate usage of healthcare data can make, to save lives and improve care for all

Hear what our members say

Workshops

Understand the uses of data in healthcare delivery, improvement and research, aimed at improving patient decision making, treatment and experience

See the events we run




Patient data citation
"This work uses data provided by patients and collected by the NHS as part of their care and support"

The patient data citation was conceived and developed by the patients and carers in the use MY data movement. It has been widely adopted by data and research organisations, and recommended for adoption by the major research funders in the UK. We would like to acknowledge Understanding Patient Data's adoption and promotion of the citation.

Find more here

The citation has been mandated, adopted or used by:

Noticeboard

21 Jun 2019: UKCRC write-up on the use MY data event: All talk and no access?

21 Jun 2019: Understanding Patient Data report on Transparency

21 Jun 2019: Report from Anne-Marie Naylor of REFORM: Towards a Sovereign Health Fund

Our vision

Our vision is of every patient willingly giving their data to help others, knowing that effective safeguards to maintain the confidentiality and anonymity of their data are applied consistently, transparently and rigorously. 

Project: The Patient Data Citation

"This work uses data provided by patients and collected by the NHS as part of their care and support"

Read about the development

Project: National Data Opt-out: information to patients?

Our work to examine what information is available to patients in GP Practices about the National Data Opt out

Read about this

Paper: Recognising patient responsibilities for data

A paper written by use MY data to examine whether the NHS Consitution could be rewritten to place as much emphasis on our responsibilities as patients as we have about our rights

Read our article

Project: Campaign for the use of tissue samples

A joint campaign with the Medicines Discovery Catapult is seeking to gain recognition that only 25% of tissue samples which are stored in tissue banks are actually used.

Read more here

Workshop: How to give active control to patients

Exploring the potential and current work which may be underway around the topic of data donation (similar to tissue donation). Begin with a workshop involving key organisations such as NHS Digital.

Read about the workshop here

Workshop: Improving the controls for access to data

Exploring the current controls which are in place, how these protect our data, but also how they may be preventing research from taking place.

Read about the workshop here

Upcoming events

The next use MY data workshop is pencilled in for the autumn. More details will be available soon.

"I am interested in people being able to benefit from the use of my data and other relevant data, because it helps in making plans, improving the system and checking on progress of what is being given to us - the treatment we're getting"

Patient advocate, use MY data

What we do

  • We promote the benefits of sharing and using data to improve patient outcomes with sensible safeguards against misuse.
  • We act as a sounding board for patient concerns and aspirations over the sharing and using of data in healthcare and health research.
  • We host patient data workshop workshops for patients and the public.  The wide-ranging programmes are devised by our members.
  • We advocate public policy that supports the effective use of patient data within appropriate frameworks of consent, security and privacy, and
    with the aim of providing benefit to patients and their health care services. 
  • We advise and support organisations who want to collect, store and use patient data for patient benefit, on topics such as consent, audit of clinical practice, security and privacy.
  • We have developed a citation that acknowledges the use of patient data – This work uses data provided by patients and collected by the NHS as part of their care and support.  This has been adopted by Understanding Patient Data who have helped to spread the message.

"Knowledgeable patients are already proving they can play a pivotal role.

Take the great work of the movement that is 'use MY data', harnessing the patient voice to build confidence in the use of data for improvements."

Health Service Journal, Oct 2017

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