National Data Opt-out

The national data opt-out enables patients to set or update their choice regarding how their confidential patient information is used for purposes of planning and research, except for certain circumstances. The opt-out choice is set directly by the patient, either online or via a supported national telephone service without the involvement of the General Practice.

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When setting a national data opt-out the patient will be asked the following question: Your confidential patient information can be used for improving health, care and services, including:
  • planning to improve health and care services
  • research to find a cure for serious illnesses
Once the person has set a preference it will apply across all health and care settings by 2020. Patients can change their mind at any time and change their setting.

Make your choice

Choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning Use this service to: Choose if your confidential patient information is used for research and planning Change or check your current choice Your choice will be applied by: NHS Digital and Public Health England all other health and care organisations by March 2020 Any choice you make will not impact your individual care.