Section 251 of the NHS 2006 Act provides a mechanism which can enable to use of confidential information for certain purposes that would otherwise be unlawful, through and application made to the Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG).
The CAG assesses applications against the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 and provides independent expert advice to the Health Research Authority and the Secretary of State for Health on whether an application to process patient information without consent should be approved. The use of data for which an application is made must be for a medical purpose as defined in section 251 (12) of the NHS Act 2006. This includes medical research and the management of health and social care services. Where consent has been used, you can change your mind at any time and write to us at:
Data Protection Advisory Team