The NHS uses information about patients (patient data) to research, plan and improve:
- the services offered
- the treatment and care patients receive
This data comes from your GP surgery, hospitals and other healthcare providers. You can choose whether or not your data is used for research and planning. There are different types of data-sharing you can opt out of. This is explained in more detail under our practice policy on Sharing your information for research and planning and opt out choice.
Your two types of data-sharing you can opt out of are:
Stop your GP surgery from sharing your data
Download and complete the form:
Complete and submit the online form:
Stop NHS Digital and other health and care organisations from sharing your data for research and planning
If you have made your decision, you can log in and complete the form online.
Log in to:
Information to help you make your decision
Your data is also shared for the purposes of research and planning in the NHS. This is explained further under sharing your health records to help with research and planning, and this includes more on opting out.