National Data Opt Out

The national data opt-out replaces type 2 opt outs. GP practices will no longer use the type 2 opt out code to record a patient's opt out choice.

Type 2 opt-outs are those opt-outs recorded on the patient record to prevent NHS Digital sharing confidential patient information for research and planning. These were previously managed by the patient’s GP practice making a coded entry into the patient's record. If you have already opted out then your existing type 2 opt-out will automatically be converted into the national data opt-out.

You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used for research and planning you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns and wish to prevent this from happening, you can choose to opt out.

To find out how to do this, and for more information on the NHS national data opt out programme, please visit the link below:

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out-programme

This link will also provide you with information regarding how to cancel an existing opt-out choice, should you wish to do so.