The national data opt-out publication provides statistics on the volumes of national data opt-outs. The national data opt-out was introduced on 25 May 2018 following recommendations from the National Data Guardian and indicates that a patient does not want their confidential patient information to be shared for purposes beyond their individual care across the health and care system in England. The service allows individuals to set a national data opt-out or reverse a previously set opt-out. It replaced the previous type 2 opt-outs which patients registered via their GP Practice. Previous type 2 opt-outs have been converted to national data opt-outs.
Management information describes aggregate information collated and used in the normal course of business to inform operational delivery, policy development or the management of organisational performance. It is usually based on administrative data but can also be a product of survey data. We publish these management information to ensure equality of access and provide wider public value.
Please note this publication is no longer released monthly. Instead it will now be released on ad hoc basis when the national opt-out rate changes by more than 0.1 per cent. If no change of greater than 0.1 per cent are found then data will be published once a year as a minimum.