General Practice Data for Planning and Research

Under data protection law we must tell you about how we use your personal information. This includes the personal information that we share with other organisations and why we do so. Our main GP practice privacy notice is on our website. This additional privacy notice provides details about the personal information that we are sharing with NHS Digital for its General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

NHS Digital is part of the NHS. It collects, analyses, publishes and shares data to improve everyone’s health and care. You can read more about NHS Digital

We use the term patient data to refer to personal information in the rest of this notice.

The Secretary of State has recently approved the General Practice Data for Planning and Research Directions 2021, directions that enable NHS Digital to take significant steps towards the replacement of the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) with GP data for planning and research purposes to provide for the strategic collection, analysis and dissemination of GP data for health and social care purposes, including but not limited to:

  • Health and social care policy, planning and commissioning purposes
  • Public health purposes, including COVID-19 purposes as described in the COVID-19 Public Health Directions 2020
  • Research

As such, NHS Digital will be collecting pseudonymised data for specified data.

Patients have the right to exercise a type-1 opt-out to ensure their data is not collected as part of these directions and should do so before 23rd June, the first collection being on July 1st 2021.

The downloadable form below can be used to do this:

You can find out more by reading the RCGP/BMA statement online and General Practice Data for Planning and Research notice (PDF)