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Data Opt-Out Information 2021

The national data opt-out is a service that allows patients to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for research and planning.

The data extraction switch-on has now been delayed until September 2021

NHS Digital has been collecting anonymised data from GP practices for research purposes for years. On 1 September 2021 a new, daily, data collection process will begin. You can find out more about this on the NHS Digital website. You may not want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care. If this is the case, you can opt out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out.

If you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out with the surgery before 1st September 2021.

The data held in your GP medical records is shared with other healthcare professionals for the purposes of your individual care. It is also shared with other organisations to support health and care planning and research.

You can register a Type 1 Opt-out , for yourself or for a dependent (if you are the parent or legal guardian of the patient), by completing the Type 1 Opt-Out Form Forms should be returned to the surgery before the 1st September 2021. For more information click on the links below.

Make your choice about sharing data from your health records – NHS (

GP data sharing: What is it and can I opt out? (BBC News Website)