The Beacon Medical Centre

National Data Opt Out / Type 1 Data Opt Out

Your health records contain a type of data called confidential patient information. This data can be used to help with research and planning.  You can choose to stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning. You can also make a choice for someone else like your children under the age of 13.  Your choice will only apply to the health and care system in England. This does not apply to health or care services accessed in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

What is Confidential Patient Information?

Confidential patient information is when 2 types of information from your health records are joined together.  The 2 types of information are:

  • something that can identify you
  • something about your health care or treatment

For example, your name joined with what medicine you take.  Identifiable information on its own is used by health and care services to contact patients and this is not confidential patient information.

How the NHS Uses Your Confidential Information

Your Individual Care:  Health and care staff may use your confidential patient information to help with your treatment and care. For example, when you visit your GP they may look at your records for important information about your health.

Research and Planning:  Confidential patient information might also be used to:

  • plan and improve health and care services
  • research and develop cures for serious illnesses

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Your Choice

You can stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning.  Find out how to make your choice.  If you’re happy with your confidential patient information being used for research and planning you do not need to do anything.  Any choice you make will not impact your individual care.

Type 1 Opt Out of Data Sharing:

If you do not want your patient data shared with NHS Digital, you can register a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice. 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:  Click here to access the TYPE 1 OPT OUT FORM.

Please post or email your Type 1 Opt Out form to Sid Valley Practice once completed.

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Date published: 15th June, 2021
Date last updated: 22nd November, 2023