Q – what is the national data opt-out?
- The national data opt-out allows patients to choose to stop their confidential patient information from being used for purposes beyond their individual care.
- The national data opt-out cannot be set through GP systems.
- Anyone registered with the NHS who has an NHS number can register an opt-out online or via a contact centre, details of which are included in the patient materials.
- The national data opt-out has been applied by NHS Digital since 25 May 2018 and by 2020 all health and care organisations must apply national data opt-outs in line with the policy. For more information see:
Q – what was a type 2 objection?
The type 2 objection instructed NHS Digital not to share a patient’s confidential information for purposes beyond their individual care. It was recorded in the GP patient record, using the following codes:
Read v2 – 9Nu4. ‘Dissent from disclosure of personal confidential data by Health and Social Care Information Centre’
CTv3 – XaaVL ‘Dissent from disclosure of personal confidential data by Health and Social Care Information Centre’
The national data opt-out has replaced type 2 opt-outs. GP practices must no longer use the type 2 opt-out code as it is no longer collected and processed.
Q – Is this about the Summary Care Record (SCR) ?
No, the national data opt-out does not affect the use of data for the patient’s individual care and treatment. It should not be confused with SCR or any other local clinical record-sharing schemes for patient care.
Refer to NDOP webpages.