NHS Data Collection – Opting Out

You may have seen information posted in the news and on social media about your GP data being extracted for NHS Digital use. You do not need to submit a form to us to express your wishes regarding your data – simply visit the NHS website and follow the instructions at the ‘Start Now’ point to record your preference. You will need your NHS number – you can find this by visiting the NHS Find your NHS Number website page.

Please note however, there is a lot of misinformation on social media about what this data will include and how it will be used.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • There is no 30 September deadline for opting out of sharing your data. You can opt out at any time.
  • NHS Digital will never sell your data.
  • There are strict rules about how NHS can use your data. It’s only shared securely and safely.
  • Shared data helps the NHS. It has been used to find the first treatment for coronavirus and for vaccine research.

See also www.nhs.uk/where-your-choice-does-not-apply for reasons why your data may be shared outside of this opt out process.

For more information visit www.digital.nhs.uk/national-data-opt-out/mythbusting-social-media-posts