Sharing Patient Medical Information, GPDfPR, National Data Opt-Out Programme


The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into effect from 25th May 2018. 

The national data opt-out programme allows patients in England to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for research and planning and was introduced in May 2018. 

Data Opt Outs

There are two types of data opt-outs. Type 1 opt-outs are registered at a GP practice and they prevent any confidential information being released outside of the practice.  There are no current plans to remove 'type 1' opt outs.
Type 2 opt-outs are registered on a patient’s record and prevent any information that is released to NHS Digital being shared outside of NHS Digital for purposes other than direct patient care.Previously type 2 opt-outs were managed by the GP practice making a coded entry in the patient record at the GP practice and collected by NHS Digital. Type 2 opt-outs have been converted to the national data opt-out and practices should no longer code type 2 data opt-outs. Patients wanting to opt out of their data being shared for planning and research purposes should be directed to



Privacy Notice

As from 1st September 2021 the new data collection will be known as the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDfPR) this will replace GPES (current extraction).


For further information click on this link:


Type-1 Opt Out Form:

Type 1 Opt Out Form

The Government has produced a Privacy Notice specifically for Shielded Patients.  Please click on the link below to access this:

Shielded Patients Privacy Notice



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