Your Data Matters to the NHS
Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.
How your data is used
Information about your individual care such as treatment and diagnoses is collected about you whenever you use health and care services. It is also used to help us and other organisations for research and planning such as research into new treatments, deciding where to put GP clinics and planning for the number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital. It is only used in this way when there is a clear legal basis to use the information to help improve health and care for you, your family and future generations.
Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information.
You have a choice
You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your information is used. There are currently two types of data opt-outs:
Type 1 – which relates to medical records held at the GP Practice
If you do not want your confidential patient information held in your GP medical record to be used for purposes other than your individual care, you can complete the Type 1 opt-out form and return it to the practice so that it can be recorded on your records. Type 1 Opt-Out Form
Type 2 – which relates to information held by NHS Digital
Type 2 have now been replaced by a national opt-out. Therefore, if you do not want NHS Digital to share confidential information that has been collected from across the health and care service for purposes other than your individual care, you can opt-out online at www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or via the telephone service on: 0300 303 5678.
Will choosing this opt-out affect your care and treatment?
No, choosing to opt out will not affect how information is used to support your care and treatment. You will still be invited for screening services, such as screenings for bowel cancer.
What do you need to do?
If you are happy for your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you do not need to do anything.
To find out more about the benefits of data sharing, how data is protected, or to make/change your opt-out choice visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters