The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. NHS Digital has developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.
If you don’t want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both.
means NHS Digital will not collect data from your GP practice. Your opt out must be registered before the date of collection (which has recently been changed to the 1st of September). If a type 1 opt out is registered after this date, no extraction will occur from the date but NHS Digital will still hold data extracted before the opt out date.
means that NHS Digital will not share any confidential patient data it holds but will collect data from your GP medical record to use for its own service planning and research purposes. 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.
To submit a National Data Opt Out preference, please use this link: