National Data Opt Out

National Data Opt Out

The national data opt-out gives patients more control over how identifiable health and care information is used. The system will offer patients and the public the opportunity to make an informed choice about whether they wish their personally identifiable data to be used just for their individual care and treatment or also used for research and planning purposes.

  • Research- finding ways to improve treatments and identify causes of and cures for illnesses

  • Planning- to improve and enable efficient and safe provision of health and care services

All health and care organisations in England must comply with the national data opt-out policy.

If patients are happy about sharing their personable identifiable information for research and planning they do not need to do anything.

Choosing to Opt-Out

Patients and the public who decide they do not want their personally identifiable data used for planning and research purposes will be able to set their national data opt-out choice online. NHS Digital will provide a non-digital alternative for patients and the public who can't or don't want to use an online system. Individuals can change their mind anytime.

If patients would like to opt out of sharing their personable identifiable data for research and planning they can either:

It will not be possible to set National data opt out preferences via the GP practice

 More information on National data opt out can be found at:

National Data Opt Out Patient Information Leaflet

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