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Looking after your data

NHS Digital collects, processes, and works with your health data. We protect patient data, keep it secure, and only use it for authorised purposes.

Sharing your data saves lives

Sharing your data saves lives

The data we collect, process and securely share helps save lives every day. Find out more about how and why we use data to make a difference.

How your data is used

The data we collect
NHS Digital is the national body responsible for collecting, processing, and using data from across the NHS and social care. Each part of the NHS that you use holds its own records about you.
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Control how we use your data
We process a lot of data for your direct care and we also use data in a secure and confidential way for research, planning, and managing the NHS more effectively. You can choose for your data not to be used in this way.