Compliance with the national data opt-out policy
The deadline for health and care organisations to comply with national data opt-out policy is now 31 March 2022. The deadline has been extended again, to enable health and care organisations to focus their resources on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read the letter sent from NHSX.
This requirement is supported by Information Standard: DCB3058: Compliance with National Data Opt-outs.
To comply with national data opt-out policy, you need to put procedures in place to review uses or disclosures of confidential patient information against the operational policy guidance.
See our guidance overview of the national data opt-out policy to help you understand how it works and which data uses, or disclosures, are in scope.
If current uses or disclosures should have national data opt-outs applied, you need to:
- implement the technical solution to enable you to check lists of NHS numbers against those with national data opt-outs registered
- have a process in place, when you get the results back, to ensure that you only use or disclose information for the returned list of NHS numbers, as any with national data opt-outs registered will have been removed
If you have no uses or disclosures which need to have national data opt-outs applied, you must still put procedures in place to assess future uses or disclosures against the national data opt-out operational policy guidance, and can choose to either:
- implement the technical solution in readiness, or
- be ready to implement it if needed for future data uses or disclosures
The Check for National Data Opt-outs service - technical solution
National data opt-outs are held on the NHS Spine against an individual’s NHS number. If your use or disclosure of data needs to have national data opt-outs applied, you must remove records for patients with an opt-out registered from the data being used.
The Check for National Data Opt-outs service uses the messaging exchange for social care and health (MESH) to enable you to submit lists of NHS numbers and receive lists back with the NHS numbers removed for those patients that have opted out.
To help GP practices to become compliant with the national data opt-out, the principal GP system suppliers have been commissioned to develop and embed the service into their clinical systems. Further information will be made available as the GP system suppliers confirm their delivery plans. See further information for GP practices.
Last edited: 1 September 2021 1:32 pm