Why does NHS Digital (NHSD) need my information?
Patients’ personal confidential data is extracted and shared with NHS Digital in order to support vital health and care planning and research. Further information can be found by following link: NHS digital
Do I have to share my information?
No, patients may opt out of having their information shared for Planning or Research by applying a National Data Opt Out and/or a Type 1 Opt Out:
Type 1 Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data)
NHSD will not collect data from GP practices about patients who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out with their practice. More information about Type 1 Opt-outs is in the GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice.
This collection will start on 1 SEPTEMBER 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital, please register your Type 1 Opt-out.
If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after this collection has started, no more of your data will be shared with NHSD. They will however still hold the patient data which was shared before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.
You can use the form below to:
• register a Type 1 Opt-out, for yourself or for a dependent (if you are the parent or legal guardian of the patient) (to Opt-out)
• withdraw an existing Type 1 Opt-out, for yourself or a dependent (if you are the parent or legal guardian of the patient) if you have changed your preference (Opt-in)
Type1 Opt-out Form
Please complete the form and post to the surgery or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Data Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital sharing your data with other organisations)
If you have NOT registered a Type 1 opt-out, your data will be passed to NHSD.
If you do not want NHS Digital to share your identifiable patient data with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care, then you can also register a National Data Opt-out. For this, you must contact NHS Digital - more information about the National Data Opt-out is here: https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/
NHSD will collect data from GP medical records about patients who have registered a National Data Opt-out. The National Data Opt-out applies to identifiable patient data about your health, which is called confidential patient information.
NHS Digital won’t share any confidential patient information about you - this includes GP data, or other information, such as hospital data - with other organisations, unless there is an exemption to this. This decision will not affect individual care and you can change your choice at any time.