Combe Coastal Practice

The Medical Centre, St Brannocks Road, Ilfracombe EX34 8EG

NHS Digital data sharing

Combe Coastal Update regarding the National Data Opt-Out

As you may be aware there is a lot of media attention and public uncertainty regarding what the National Data Opt out is and how you protect your data.  We have included the below information to try and give you the correct information to make an informed choice. There are 2 key Opt Out decisions patients need to consider, the first is the Type 1 Opt –out which is managed via the GP surgeries and the second is the National Type 2 Opt-Out which is managed by NHS Digital, this is not managed via us and will need to be actioned as per the instructions below.

If you already have Type 1 Opt-Out in place you will not need to resubmit the forms.

Please be aware also that the Type 2 National Data Opt-Out deadline has been moved to the 1st September 2021

Data Sharing

For more information about this visit NHS Digital

As of 1st September 2021 your data will be shared with NHS Digital to help improve health, care and services

Patient data from GP medical records kept by GP practices in England is used every day to improve health, care and services through planning and research, helping to find better treatments and improve patient care. The NHS is introducing an improved way to share this information – called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

NHS Digital will collect, analyse, publish and share this patient data to improve health and care services for everyone. This includes:

  • informing and developing health and social care policy
  • planning and commissioning health and care services
  • taking steps to protect public health (including managing and monitoring the coronavirus pandemic)
  • in exceptional circumstances, providing you with individual care
  • enabling healthcare and scientific research

Any data that NHS Digital collects will only be used for health and care purposes. It is never shared with marketing or insurance companies.

READ MORE HERE 

NHS Digital will not collect any patient data for patients who have already registered a Type 1 Opt-out in line with current policy. If this changes patients who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out will be informed.

If you do not want your patient data shared with NHS Digital, you can register a Type 1 Opt-out with us. You can register a Type 1 Opt-out at any time. You can also change your mind at any time and withdraw a Type 1 Opt-out.

Data sharing with NHS Digital will start on 1st September 2021. 

If you have already registered a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice your data will not be shared with NHS Digital.

If you wish to register a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice before data sharing starts with NHS Digital, this should be done by returning this form to us as soon as possible to allow time for processing it. If you have previously registered a Type 1 Opt-out and you would like to withdraw this, you can also use the form to do this. You can send the form back to us by post, by hand or by email to [email protected].  You can call 0300 303 5678 for a form to be sent out to you.

If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after your patient data has already been shared with NHS Digital, no more of your data will be shared with NHS Digital. NHS Digital will however still hold the patient data which was shared with us before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.

If you do not want NHS Digital to share your identifiable patient data with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care, then you can also register a National Data Opt-out (also known as Type 2 Opt out). 

What do you need to do?

If you are happy for your data to be shared as above, and haven’t previously Opt’d out – you do not need to do anything.

Type 1 OPT-OUT – to stop sharing your details with NHS digital (or to opt back in, if you have previous opt’d out)

Complete this form OPT OUT FORM (or you can complete this to opt back in)

If you are not able to complete this form, call 0300 303 5678 for a form to be posted to you or come into the practice and we can give you a copy to complete.

Then, either;

  • Hand the form into reception
  • post it to us at: Combe Coastal Practice, The Medical Centre, St Brannock’s Road, Ilfracombe, Devon  EX34 8EG
  • or email it to us at: [email protected]

Type 2 OPT-OUT (Also known as National Data Opt-out) – If you do not want NHS Digital to share your patient data with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care, which has been already shared with them (or to opt back in, if you have previous opt’d out)

NOTE: You can only do this via the following ways – as a GP practice we cannot opt you out of Type 2 (National Data Opt-out)

You need to, either;

  • Call 0300 303 5678
  • complete the online form via YOUR NHS MATTERS
  • or, submit your sharing preference on the NHS APP

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