General Practice Data for Planning
and Research (GPDPR)
We have been asked to share the
following important information with you.
This practice is
supporting vital health and care planning and research by sharing your data
with NHS Digital. For more information about this see the GP Practice Privacy Notice for General Practice Data for Planning and Research.
collection will start on 1 September 2021
you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your
Type 1 Opt-out by completing a Type 1 Opt out form and returning to the
practice either by post or email to email@example.com.
What data is shared:
Data may be shared from the GP medical
- any living
patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started -
this includes children and adults
- any patient who
died after 1 September 2021, and was previously registered at a GP practice in
England when the data collection started
NHS Digital will not collect patients names or addresses. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such
as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes
which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with
This process is called pseudonymisation
and means that patients will not be identified directly in the data. NHS
Digital will be able to use the software to convert the unique codes back to
data that could directly identify patients in certain circumstances, and
where there is a valid legal reason.
If you would
prefer that your identifiable patient data is only shared for your own health
care purposes, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both.
These opt-outs are different and they are explained
in more detail below. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out
using either option (or both).
A Type 1 opt out has to be registered by your Practice; please return a completed Type 1 opt out form to the practice.
A National Opt out can be done without contacting your practice, at https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/.
Reopening Response 16/05/2021
You may have seen on the news that from Monday 17 May, doors at GP practices are re-opening. As you will know, our GP practice has been open throughout the pandemic, offering patients telephone appointments, with face -to-face consultations available for those who need them. Our nursing team are operating with face-to-face appointments and reception is open even though we ask you to obtain admission via the intercom. This is necessary to keep our patients and staff safe. All of the measures introduced were in-line with national requirements to keep patients safe, whilst COVID infection rates were high and before the vaccination was widespread.
We need to consider if we can offer more face-to-face appointments safely. Our waiting areas are small and to enable social distancing we can only have limited numbers of patients in the building at any one time. The waiting areas are also shared with Highview which reduces the numbers safely allowed in the building by each practice even further.
With infection rates rising and uncertainty surrounding the transmissibility of the new variant, we must keep the safety of our patients and staff at the forefront of everything we do.
As we wait for further national guidance on doing that, we ask that patients continue to contact us by phone as you have been doing. We are facing unprecedented demands for our services and will need to continue to adjust how we use our clinicians time to best support our patients particularly those who need us the most.
Our reception staff are under immense pressure due to increased call volumes, and we ask you to respect the fact that they are doing a very tough job in a very pressurised environment. They really do the best they can for you and deserve to be treated with respect. Please do not take you frustrations out on the staff.
As we have already mentioned, general practice is facing unprecedented levels of demand and the whole team are working very hard to provide you with the outstanding service you are accustomed to and deserve as safely as possible.
Thank you for your support.