Processing personal data privacy notice

National Data Opt-Out

The National Data Opt-Out service was introduced as part of the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. It replaced the previous "Type 2" opt-out and came into effect on 25 May 2018, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

The national data opt-out applies to data for patients/clients where their care is provided in England by a publicly funded organisation or the care has been arranged by a public body such as the NHS or a Local Authority.

By using the National Data Opt-Out service, individuals can choose to prevent their confidential patient information from being used for research or planning purposes, such as improving healthcare services or conducting medical research.

There are instances where we may be required to disclose confidential information about you with organisations across the health and social care system in England for purposes beyond your direct care:

  • research into the improvement of new treatments
  • plan services
  • improve the value and standards of care delivered
  • monitor safety
  • avoid illness and diseases.

To opt out, individuals can visit the official National Data Opt-Out website or by calling the helpline 0300 303 5678. They will be provided with options to select what types of data they want to opt out of sharing. The service applies to confidential patient information held within the NHS in England.

If you are happy for your data to be extracted and used for purposes described in this Privacy Notice, then you will not need to do anything.

Please note you can change your mind on this at any time. The Council will respect your decision unless we are not legally obliged to do so.