Data Protection

GPDPR (General Practice Data for Planning and Research)

The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. NHS Digital has developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

The new data collection reduces burden on GP practices, allowing doctors and other staff to focus on patient care.

Why NHS Digital collects general practice data?

NHS Digital is the national custodian for health and care data in England and has responsibility for standardising, collecting, analysing, publishing and sharing data and information from across the health and social care system, including general practice.

What the data will be used for?

Patient data collected from general practice is needed to support a wide variety of research and analysis to help run and improve health and care services. Whilst the data collected in other care settings such as hospitals is valuable in understanding and improving specific services, it is the patient data in general practice that helps us to understand whether the health and care system as a whole is working for patients.

Click here for PRIVACY NOTICE.


On Wednesday 12 April 2021, NHS Digital issued a Data Provision Notice (DPN) to all practices notifying them of their intention to begin extracting data as part of the GP Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) programme.


Patients may have registered a Type 1 opt-out or a national data opt-out choice concerning the use of their identifiable data for purposes beyond their individual care.

A Type 1 opt-out (also known as a Type 1 objection) prevents an individual’s identifiable patient data from being shared outside of their General Practice except when it is being used for the purposes of their individual care.

If you wish to Opt Out, please click here to download a printable form. Fill out the form and bring it into the surgery.