National Data Opt-out
The National Data Opt-Out
The national data opt-out service was introduced in May 2018. It enables patients to stop their confidential, identifiable information being used for research or planning purposes. The change is a result of the recommendations set out in the Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs by the National Data Guardian.
Previous to May 2018 there were two ways in which a patient could opt out of sharing their personal information these were:
- A type 1 opt out. This prevented confidential information being shared outside a GP practice for purposes other than direct care.
- A type 2 opt out. This prevented confidential information being shared outside NHS Digital for purposes beyond the individual's direct care.
The national data opt-out has replaced the Type 2 opt-out. By 31st March 2022 all health and care organisations are required to be compliant with the national data opt-out policy.
More information is available from http://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
Opt-out forms are available from: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/about-the-nhs/opt-out-of-sharing-your-health-records/