Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care..
It is important that we at the NHS can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, so we can see what has worked best.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the best care possible for everyone.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff.
We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.
You can find out more on the NHS Digital Opting out of sharing your confidential patient information - NHS Digital
Type 1 opt-out: medical records held at your GP practice
You can also tell your us 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. This is commonly called a type 1 opt-out. This opt-out request can only be recorded by your GP surgery.
Opting out of sharing your confidential patient information - NHS Digital
Type 2 opt-out: information held by NHS Digital
Previously you could tell your GP surgery if you did not want us, NHS Digital, to share confidential patient information that we collect from the across the health and care service for purposes other than your individual care. This was called a type 2 opt-out.
From 25 May 2018 the type 2 opt-out has been replaced by the national data opt-out. Type 2 opt-outs that have been recorded previously have been automatically converted to national data opt-outs.
Read more about the collection and conversion of type 2 opt-outs.