Data Opt-Out Information

From the 1st July, the NHS will change how it shares your GP medical record

The General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) data extract by NHS Digital from GP Practices across England will help the NHS to improve health and care services for everyone, by collecting patient data and holding it in a central national database.

This is an upgrade to an existing similar process called GPES – General Practice Extract Service, this new data collection will be more efficient, effective, and much more frequent.

For example, patient data held in this new national database can help the NHS to:

  • monitor the long-term safety and effectiveness of care
  • plan how to deliver better health and care services
  • prevent the spread of infectious diseases
  • identify new treatments and medicines through health research

What are your choices?

  • If you are happy with the new General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) system, you need to do nothing and your data will be shared in the new way from 1st July 2021. This means you will be contributing to medical research and better NHS planning.
  • If you want to opt-out of your data leaving us you need to register for a ‘Type 1 Opt-Out’ with us before the 23rd June 2021. This stops your date being extracted by NHS digital.
  • If you are happy for your date to go to NHS digital, but not for NHS digital to share it with other organisation you can register a ‘National Date Opt-Out’ (previously known as Type 2 Opt-Out)

Still unsure on what this all means?

Please watch this very useful video to understand your choices GPDPR Explained – YouTube

What is a Type 1 Opt-Out?

Type 1 Opt-Out means your data will not leave the GP surgery other than for your direct care

How to register for a Type 1 Opt-Out

Please complete a Type 1 Opt-Out Form and return it us by the 23rd June 2021. Once you have completed this form we will be in touch to confirm this has been actioned.

If you would not like your GP data shared with NHS Digital using General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR), you need to register an opt-out with your GP Practice, before the 23rd of June 2021.

What is a National Data Opt-Out (Type 2 Opt-Out)?

This stops your other medical data being shared (apart from for your Direct Care). Such as Religion, Ethnicity, Sexuality, Mental health issues and Medication.

What does not get taken by General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)?

All attached documents, images and any other files which are associated with your health records, Any free text medical record content.

There is no deadline to withdraw for the National Data Opt-Out (i.e. your non-GP data), but the sooner you do it, the sooner it takes effect.

The National Data Opt-out will not stop your GP data being extracted by the new GP data collection.

N.B. If you opted out of care data in 2014, then you shouldn’t need to do anything now. As most people did both a ‘Type 1’ opt-out and what is now a National Data Opt-out, you can check your NHS Digital opt-out status online at NHS Digital.

There has been post on social media and new articles with false information about opting out of sharing your data with the NHS. This is what you need to know:

  • There is no 30 September deadline for opting out of sharing your data. You can opt out at any time.
  • NHS Digital will never sell your data
  • There are strict rules about how the NHS can use your data. This will be done safely and securely
  • Shared data helps the NHS. This has helped find treatment for coronavirus and for vaccine research.

Read NHS Digital’s response to the false information about the national data opt-out

How to register for a Type 2 Opt-Out ?

If you want to stop your non-GP data, such as hospital or clinic treatments, being used for purposes other than your direct care (e.g. for “research and planning “) you must use this process:

If it’s just for yourself, please follow this link– this process only works for individuals aged 13 and over. Or, you can use the NHS App to set a Type2 Opt-Out.

If you have children under 13, Please complete Type 2 Opt-out for children and e-mail or post it back to NHS Digital.

If you have an adult dependant for whom you have legal responsibility, Please complete Type 2 Opt-Out for an adult dependant and send it back to NHS Digital on their behalf.

Forest Health Care are not able to do this for you.