Opting out of sharing your confidential patient information

Summary

You can decide if health and care information that could identify you is used for research and planning.

National data opt-out

You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning. To find out more visit nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.

You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your confidential patient information is used. You can change your choice at any time.

Type 1 opt-out: medical records held at your GP practice

You can also tell your 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. This is commonly called a type 1 opt-out. This opt-out request can only be recorded by your GP surgery.

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From 25 May 2018 the type 2 opt-out has been replaced by the national data opt-out.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.

Resources for patients

Audio version of the national data opt-out type 2 letter to patients.

Large print version of the national data opt-out type 2 letter to patients.

To order a braille version of the Your Data Matters to the NHS patient letter call 0300 330 9412.