Personal information about service users is recorded and stored by drug services in line with the Data Protection Act 1998. Information may be shared, with the permission of the service user, with other drug services. The service receiving the information is bound by confidentiality and will only use the information for treatment purposes. With permission, data will be sent in aggregated format to the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) and to Surrey’s Treatment Information System (HALO).
All treatment agencies must provide a basic level of information to NDTMS on their activities each month – known as the Core Data Set. Regular reporting from NDTMS is made by the NTA to inform their review processes around the Adult Pooled Treatment Budget spend by Drug (and Alcohol) Action Teams (D(A)ATs). Currently monthly, quarterly and annual statistical reports are prepared and shared with all drug treatment service commissioners, usually D(A)ATs, for the purposes of performance monitoring and informing the needs analysis, planning and commissioning processes. Feedback and ad hoc reporting is also made to treatment providers to assist with their administrative and performance processes by the regional NDTMS team.
Halo is a client focused application providing managed sharing of client date from a central data store.