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. NHS Digital is the national custodian for health and care data in England and has responsibility for standardising, collecting, analysing, publishing and sharing data and information from across the health and social care system, including general practice.
You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning. For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.
If you do not want your personally identifiable patient data to be shared outside of your GP practice for purposes except your own care, you can optout of sharing your data, register an opt-out with your GP practice. This is known as a Type 1 Opt-out.
This decision will not affect individual care and you can change your choice at
any time, using the Type 1 Opt-out form.
For further information, please see our GPDPR Opt-Out Poster.