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NHS Digital – advice for the public on collecting your data

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

You can opt out of sharing your data

If you do not want your GP to share your identifiable patient data for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out. This prevents your data being shared with NHS Digital if you register your opt-out before 23 June 2021. You can still register your opt-out at any time after this date and it will prevent any more data being shared with NHS Digital.

NHS Digital’s improved collection of GP data will support vital health and care planning and research. Here we explain how and why your data is being used, and what to do if you don’t want your data shared. Click here

Patient data is used every day to improve healthcare services through planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient care.

It helps to decide what new health and care services are required in a local area, informs clinical guidance and policy, and supports researching and developing cures for serious illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.