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General Practice Data for Planning and Research goes live on 1st September 2021.


The data held in your GP medical records is shared with other healthcare professionals for the purposes of your individual care. It is also shared with other organisations in England to support health and care planning and research. NHS Digital has developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection. 

NHS Digital will not collect patients’ names or addresses directly. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital (a process known as pseudonymisation).  Further information about this can be found here How the NHS Uses your data to improve health and care

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 register an opt-out with your GP practice. This is known as a Type 1 Opt-out and should be done by returning this form to your GP practice by 25th August 2021 to allow time for processing it. If you have previously registered a Type 1 Opt-out and you would like to withdraw this, you can also use the form to do this. You can send the form by post or email to your GP practice or call 0300 3035678 for a form to be sent out to you.


For more information about this we advise patients to read this:


Choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning


Further information:


National data opt out


Opting out of sharing your confidential patient information


Forms to opt in/out


National Opt out web page


Other ways to make a choice about sharing data



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