This practice is supporting vital health and care planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital from 1st September 2021. We are legally required to share this data under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. This involves certain partially-anonymised data being used for research and care planning purposes. It is not your entire medical record, and does not include your name, address, whole consultations (free text), letters or images, some data over 10 years old, and some highly confidential material. 

There are two forms of opting out. You can complete a "National Data Opt-Out" through NHS Digital. This means that your data should not be used outside of NHS Digital, i.e. by third parties (such as reasearch institutes or pharmaceutical companies - your data is never sold or shared with marketing or insurance companies). NHS Digital use your data to support many vital national tasks, such as national screening programs, the nationwide summary record of your notes, and recently developing the "clinically extremely vulnerable" (to COVID) list. You can complete a National Data Opt-Out by clicking here.

You can opt out of any of your data being shared with NHS Digital by returning a specific "Type 1 Opt-Out" form to the surgery, click here to download. The deadline for opting out before the data is shared is 23rd August, but you can opt out after this to prevent further data being shared.  If you are happy for your data to be shared with NHS Digital, but not with third parties, you should complete the national data opt-out form above. For more information about this see the GP Practice Privacy Notice for General Practice Data for Planning and Research