GPDfPR and you




This practice is required by law to share your data with NHS Digital for the purposes of health and care planning and research.

We are being advised that this collection will now happen on 1 September 2021

If you are happy for your data to be included, you do not need to do anything.

If you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice by 23 August 2021 (tbc).

If you are happy for your data to be shared with NHS Digital but do not want it to be shared by them with other organisations, then you need to complete a National Data Opt out ( see below )

What data is shared:

Data may be shared from the GP medical records about:

  • any living patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started - this includes children and adults
  • any patient who died after 1 July 2021, and was previously registered at a GP practice in England when the data collection started

NHS Digital will not collect patients’ names or addresses. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.

This process is called pseudonymisation and means that patients will not be identified directly in the data. NHS Digital will be able to use the software to convert the unique codes back to data that could directly identify patients in certain circumstances, and where there is a valid legal reason.

If you would prefer that your identifiable patient data is only shared for your own health care purposes, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both.

These Opt outs do not affect the sharing of your medical data with other doctors and hospitals for your individual care.

A Type 1 opt out has to be registered by your Practice - Complete our secure online form

A National Opt out can be done without contacting your practice via the NHS Website


Published: Jul 2, 2021