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GP Planning & Research Data Collection Posted on 14 Mar 2022

NHS Digital has been directed to collect, process, analyse and disseminate general practice data to support the purposes set out in the GP Data for Planning and Research Direction 2021. This is a national initiative and from July 1st, 2021 patient data will be extracted from the GP systems on a daily basis; data will be encrypted in transit and pseudonymised. 

As this is a statutory obligation, practices are legally obliged to share this data, unless patients have opted out of having their data shared.  If you as patient want to opt out of your data being shared, apart from information used for your direct care, you have the option of registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both. 

You do not need to do anything if you are happy for your data to be shared in this manner.

Please download a Type 1 Opt-out form this will need to be completed and sent back to the surgery by post or email it to If you do not have access to a computer / printer then you can request for the form to be sent to you by phoning 0300 303 5678 between Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays) we also have some printed copies in the foyer of the practice if you wish to collect one. You must return this form by 23rd June 2021 to ensure that the practice can apply the appropriate codes to prevent data being extracted from your records. For National Data opt-out please register your choice online.

Please do NOT phone the surgery if you have further questions as we wish to keep the phonelines open for patients needing direct care. Further information can be found by clicking here.

This information is correct at this time Monday 7th June 2021, we are awaiting further directions and you will be notified as soon as we received the information. 

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