In line with the NHS guidance given to all GP practices in England, we are providing data to NHS Digital as part of the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection, so that patient data can be used to help improve everyone’s health and care.
Data may be shared from the GP medical records about: a) any living patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started – this includes children and adults or b) any patient who died after this data sharing started, and was previously registered at a GP practice in England when the data collection started.
We will not share your name or where you live. Any other data that could directly identify you, for example your NHS number, General Practice Local Patient Number, full postcode and date of birth, is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital. This process is called pseudonymisation and means that no one will be able to directly identify you in the data.
Data sharing between GP surgeries and NHS Digital is not new, this new GPDPR process of data collection reduces burden on GP practices, allowing doctors and other staff to focus on patient care, and is GDPR compliant.