NHS Digital's daily collection of GP data will support vital health and care planning and research.
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.
The new data collection reduces burden on GP practices, allowing doctors and other staff to focus on patient care.
Please see link below to NHS Digital Webpage with more details on why this is happening and what the data will be used for.
PLEASE NOTE: The information on this website, advises data collection started on 1st July, 2021, this has as of today, 8th June 2021, been extended until 1st September 2021. DEADLINE FOR OPTING OUT IS NOW 25th AUGUST 2021.
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. These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail below. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option.
Type 1 Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data)
We 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 our GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice, including a form that you can complete and send to your GP practice.
Please find below opt out form which can be used and sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org This will then be scanned into your medical records and coded to say you DO NOT want any information shared.
If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after the Sharing Date (1st September 2021), no more of your data will be shared with us. We will however still hold the patient data which was shared with us before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.
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.
National Data Opt Out
This can be done via the NHS APP, by logging in adn click ing on "Your Health" and then selecting - Choose if data from our health records is shared for research and planning. You can then choose to allow or deny sharing of informatiion.
If you do not have the NHS APP, it is easy to download or you can follow the link below for further information:
If you do not know your NHS Number, please click on the link on the home page.