NHS Digital is developing a new system to support the national data opt-out which will give patients more control over how confidential patient information is used. The system will offer patients and the public the opportunity to make an informed choice about whether they wish their confidential patient information to be used just for their individual care and treatment or also used for research and planning purposes.
Patients and the public who decide they do not want their confidential patient information used for planning and research purposes will be able to set their national data opt-out choice online.
For further opt-out information, please visit the NHS Digital website:
If you choose to opt out you only need to do this once, and that registration applies to all healthcare settings and organisations, not just general practice. You can do this by using one of the following:
The following resources are available:
Braille version of the patient hand-out which can be ordered from NHS England Health Publications
An easy read booklet of the patient hand-out for patients with learning disabilities as well as a larger print version can be downloaded from the resources for patients NHS Digital web page
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