Type 1 Data Opt-Out

General Practice Data for Planning and Research

The ‘National Data Opt-Out’ is providing a facility for individuals to opt-out from the use of their data for research or planning purposes. This is provided in line with the recommendations of the National Data Guardian in her Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs.

Health and care organisations are required to have applied these preferences in all research and planning situations in which confidential patient information is used. NHS Digital will apply these preferences with immediate effect.

The national data opt-out will replace the previous ‘type 2’ opt-out, which required NHS Digital to refrain from sharing a patient’s confidential patient information for purposes beyond their direct care.

Any person with an existing type 2 opt-out will have it automatically converted to a national data opt-out.

The national data opt-out choice can be viewed or changed at any time by using the online service at www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters

You can also
download a "Type-1 Opt-Out" form from the NHS Digital site.