Data Sharing and Opt-Outs
Information on General Practice data collection, including what the data may be used for can be found here: General Practice Data Collection Information
NHS Digital have produced a detailed ‘mythbusting’ page to clarify some of the claims currently circulating on social media here: NHS Digital
If you wish to Opt out of this there are two types of Opt-outs that you can request. You may request one or both of these options.
Type 1 Opt-Out
A type 1 opt-out means that none of your data can be extracted from the General Practice. You can opt out of this at any time to protect your privacy, however data collection begins on the 30th September 2021, therefore if you wish to be completely excluded, you have to opt-out by 1st September 2021. Opt-out requests received after 1st September will still be actioned, however data entered before the date of the receipt of the form may still be used. With a type 1 however, data may still be extracted from elsewhere within the NHS (such as secondary care for example) and may be shared with third parties.
You may request a Type 1 Opt-Out via our practice by completing a form which should then be submitted to the practice, either in paper form or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The form may be downloaded from Type 1 Opt-Out form
A national opt-out means that data is extracted from the practice and elsewhere within the NHS, however this will remain with NHS Digital and will not be shared with third parties. Importantly, you should be aware that national opt-outs may not be applied in circumstances such as emergencies and due to legal requirements (such as use for the shielding list during the pandemic).
A National Opt-Out is not processed by the practice. You can check or change your National Opt-Out choice at https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters at any time, or by calling 03003035678. You may also be able to process a National Opt-Out via the NHS App, by selecting the ‘Your Health’ icon, scrolling to the bottom and entering a preference through 'choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning '.
You may withdraw either opt-out at any time if you choose to participate in data collection at a later date.