About WODA

Data is becoming more and more important to the way we provide services to you. From informing your GP of a recent blood test result at the hospital, to keeping local partner agencies up to date with your address, you expect us to share your data with both security and common sense in mind.

The Worcestershire Office of Data and Analytics (WODA) was created to instil this approach across the public sector partners in Worcestershire and meet regularly as the Partnership Executive Group (PEG). These local public sector partners are committed to joining up our services to make them more effective and to improve your experience and your data has a key part to play in achieving this. When we have your permission, we will share data with the agencies you trust to reduce the time you have to wait in line, bring down the number of times you have to repeat your recent medical history or even work out what the best organisation and team to give you the answers and support you need.

This website gives you more information about: Who we are, What we plan to do and How we are going to do it. The safety of your data and the quality of your services are our top priorities, so find out more about the work we are doing and feel free to contact us through the website or Twitter to hear more.

Governing privacy

While the above groups govern the strategic and operational work of WODA, the protection of citizens’ and patients’ data is also monitored and managed by other roles within the system. Notably, these roles include:

Caldicott Guardians: Since 1999, Caldicott Guardians have been a mandatory role for each NHS organisation. Their role is to protect patient privacy with regard to the sharing of personally identifiable NHS health data across organisations.

GDPR Data Protection Officer: Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force in May 2018, any organisation that is a public authority or a public body must appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO). The DPO will be responsible for monitoring compliance of the new legislation that is intended to give citizens’ greater control over their data and protect their privacy in cases where personally identifiable data is shared between organisations.

Contact and General Enquiries

We believe that trust comes from transparency. If you have concerns, questions or ideas we want to hear from you. Please contact Neill Crump via email: ncrump@worcestershire.gov.uk and Neill will respond as soon as he can. Alternatively get in touch via Twitter @neillcrump for more general enquiries.

See also the Frequently Asked Questions section!