National Data Opt Out

The national data opt-out allows a patient to choose if they do not want their confidential patient information to be used for purposes beyond their individual care and treatment – that is for research and planning. Patients, or people acting for them by proxy, have control over setting or changing their own opt-out choice, and can change their mind at any time.

The Government are wishing to do the first extract of pseudoanonymised data some time after 23 June 2021.

Patients wishing to Opt Out of the National Data Opt Out can do the following:

  • Go to the NHS App via a Smart phone and it is simple to opt out through this medium once one has signed up for the NHS App.
  • Go to the NHS Website via a tablet or PC
  • Go to the Practice Web Site and further information can be found in our Privacy Notice.

Appendix A – General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)


Postal address:

National Data Opt Out
Contact Centre
NHS Digital
HM Government
7 and 8 Wellington Place

You can also make or change a choice for yourself by phoning the NHS Digital Contact Centre. The phone number is 0300 303 5678 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).

Please note that this should not be confused with the opt out where a patient can share their data with other health organisations through the summary care record/chie e.g. Where a patient consents to share their data with a hospital or ambulance trust so that in the case of them being admitted the hospital/ambulance will know any medication and allergies that they may have.

Type 1 Opt out form – National Data Opt Out for Research and Planning purposes

Download the Type 1 Opt out form.