YOUR INFORMATION MATTERS TO THE NHS
NHS National Data Opt Out
The NHS has launched the national data opt-out as part of the ‘Your Data Matters to the NHS’ campaign. This campaign informs the public that the strict rules about how health and care data can and cannot be used have been strengthened. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used. The campaign will also let the public know that they can choose whether their confidential patient information is used for research and planning.
A new website https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/? has been launched which allows the public to find out more about how their data is used across health and care and to make this choice.
Your confidential patient information is important to us. Your information can also be called your data.
There are strict rules about how your confidential patient information can be used.
Confidential patient information says who you are and has things like your name and information about your health and care in it.
We promise to keep your information safe and always be clear about how it is used.
To find out more about this: nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
How your data is used:
Information about your health and care helps us:
- Look after you better
- Find out more quickly what is wrong with you
- Plan your local services like GP clinics or how many nurses and doctors are needed
- Look into new treatments
You can choose if your confidential patient information can be used to help with new treatments and planning services.
Including your information:
When we can we try not to use your name on information used for things like planning. We will still use your name and address and your NHS number so we can tell you about any changes to your services. Sometimes we do not need to use your details and information about your health, care or treatment.
Who can use your confidential patient information for planning and looking into new treatments:
Your patient confidential information can be used by:
- The NHS
- Adult Social Care
- Universities and medical colleges
- Companies inventing and testing new medicines
Choosing if you want your confidential patient information to be used for planning and looking into new treatments:
You can choose if you want your confidential information to be used for planning and looking into new treatments. If you decide not to share your confidential information that will not change your care at all. You will still get invites for things like screening for bowel cancer.
What to do:
If you are happy about how your confidential patient information is used you do not have to do anything else. If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for planning and looking into new treatments you can:
- Choose to opt out safely online: nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
- Use the telephone service and call 0300 303 5678
You can change your choice at any time.
Read more information here: National data opt out Leaflet