Care Data

Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.

It is important that we, the NHS, can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, so we can see what has worked best.

Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the best care possible for everyone.

Summary Care Record and Integrated Health Record Information

Opt Out Form 

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How the NHS Looks After Your Health and Care Information

NHS Digital - Collecting GP Data - Advice for the Public

Your health records contain confidential patient information, which can be used to help the NHS with research and planning. NHS Digital are rolling out national plans to use patient data for purposes beyond their individual care and treatment – specifically for research and planning across the NHS.  If you do not want your data to be used in this way, you can opt out. Your confidential patient information (Summary Care Record) will still be used for your individual care. Please click on the button below for further information regarding the proposed changes on 30th September 2021 .  You have a choice.  If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening you may opt-out using the forms below.

NHS Digital - Collecting GP Data - Advice for the Public

NHS Digital Dissent Form

Alternative, you can download the opt out form above, complete it and return it by email to or by post to:

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