How do I register my wish to opt-out? Click to get info
You have a choice about whether you want your confidential patient information to be used in this way. If you are happy with this use of information you do not need to do anything. If you do choose to opt out your confidential patient information will still be used to support your individual care.
Most of the time, anonymised data is used for research and planning so that you cannot be identified in which case your confidential patient information isn’t needed.
To find out more or to register your choice to opt out, please visit the NHS website.
You can change your mind about your choice at any time.
Are there any exceptions? Click to get info
The following are exemptions from the national data opt-out.
The national data opt-out does not apply where explicit consent has been obtained from you for a specific purpose.
Communicable diseases and risks to public health
The national data opt-out does not apply to the disclosure of confidential patient information required for the monitoring and control of communicable disease and other risks to public health.
This includes any data disclosed where Regulation 3 of The Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 provides the lawful basis for the common law duty of confidentiality to be lifted. Public Health England oversees the use of this legal gateway on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
Regulation 3 allows confidential patient information to be lawfully processed with a view to:
- diagnosing communicable diseases and other risks to public health;
- recognising trends in such diseases and risks;
- controlling and preventing the spread of such diseases and risks;
monitoring and managing:
- outbreaks of communicable disease
- incidents of exposure to a communicable disease
- the delivery, efficacy and safety of immunisation programmes
- adverse reactions to vaccines and medicines
- risks of infection acquired from food or the environment (including water supplies)
- the giving of information to persons about the diagnosis of communicable disease and risks of acquiring such disease.
Overriding public interest
The national data opt-out does not apply to the disclosure of confidential patient information where there is an overriding public interest in the disclosure, i.e. the public interest in disclosing the data overrides the public interest in maintaining confidentiality.
Information required by law or court order
The national data opt-out does not apply to the disclosure of confidential patient information where the information is required by law or court order.