NHS Digital Data Collection from the Practice
Opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data (Type 1 Opt-out)
The NHS needs data about the patients it treats in order to plan and deliver its services and to ensure that care and treatment provided is safe and effective. The General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection will help the NHS to improve health and care services for everyone by collecting patient data that can be used to do this. For example patient data can help the NHS to:
- monitor the long-term safety and effectiveness of care
- plan how to deliver better health and care services
- prevent the spread of infectious diseases
- identify new treatments and medicines through health research
GP practices already share patient data for these purposes, but this new data collection will be more efficient and effective.
This means that GPs can get on with looking after their patients, and NHS Digital can provide controlled access to patient data to the NHS and other organisations who need to use it, to improve health and care for everyone.
If you do not want your identifiable patient data to be shared outside of your GP practice for purposes except for your own care, you can register an opt-out with your GP practice. This is known as a Type 1 Opt-out.
Type 1 Opt-outs were introduced in 2013 for data sharing from GP practices, but may be discontinued in the future as a new opt-out has since been introduced to cover the broader health and care system, called the National Data Opt-out. If this happens people who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out will be informed. More about National Data Opt-outs is in the section Who we share patient data with.
NHS Digital will not collect any patient data for patients who have already registered a Type 1 Opt-out in line with current policy. If this changes patients who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out will be informed.
If you do not want your patient data shared with NHS Digital, you can register a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice. You can register a Type 1 Opt-out at any time. You can also change your mind at any time and withdraw a Type 1 Opt-out.
Data sharing with NHS Digital will start on 1 September 2021.
If you have already registered a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice your data will not be shared with NHS Digital.
If you wish to register a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice before data sharing starts with NHS Digital, this should be done by returning this form to your GP practice by 23 August 2021 to allow time for processing it. If you have previously registered a Type 1 Opt-out and you would like to withdraw this, you can also use the form to do this. You can send the form by post or email to your GP practice or call 0300 3035678 for a form to be sent out to you.
For more information go to the NHS Digital Data Collection section of our website or the NHS Digital website.
Updated information regarding proposed practice changes mentioned in the press on Friday 14th May 2021.
Due to the ever increasing demand for GP appointments we will continue to initially triage and discuss your problems over the telephone but if clinically necessary a face-to-face appointment with be arranged. A telephone appointment will be offered in the first instance so that the GP's can assess everyone in a timely manner and prioritise those who need to be seen clinically.
A message from Derby and Derbyshire Local Medical Committee:
You will have no doubt seen reports in the national press about changes to general practice appointments and access. Unfortunately these reports have misrepresented the current state of general practice and proposed changes and we, as the representative body of Derbyshire general practice, would like to clarify things.
General practice in Derbyshire has been open throughout the pandemic; providing patient care whilst delivering the largest scale vaccination programme in history. Our teams have followed NHS England protocols; moving overnight to use virtual consultations and triage. They have safely opened up more services as national guidance and the intensity of the pandemic allowed. During the entire pandemic, clinicians have continued to see patients face-to-face when clinically needed; always making sure that infection control and social distancing measures were in place to protect patients and staff alike.
The latest GP appointment figures
in England showed that practices delivered almost 5 million more appointments in March than they did the month before, and nearly 3 million more than they did in the same month two years ago, long before the onset of the pandemic. Simply put general practice is working flat out. With this increasing patient demand, general practice will continue to work smartly to get the balance right; consulting with patients in the most appropriate fashion in as timely a manner as is possible. This means, as per the practice contract with NHS England, that it is for the surgery to determine the manner in which it sees its patients. Only by doing this can we ensure quality care is maintained for the many, rather than servicing the demands of the few.
We know it is hard to get an appointment right now. But the above figures explain that this reflects the large number of patients requesting care, not lack of activity within general practice. We are hearing increasing reports of frustration and abuse targeted at practice staff because of delays, and we are concerned that the recent media reporting will worsen this by fuelling inappropriate requests for face-to-face appointments that are not needed and cannot safely be accommodated. We would ask you all to treat each member of the practice team with respect and understanding; we will continue to support our practices and help them to take a zero tolerance approach to any forms of abuse.
We thank you for your patience and continuing to work with your surgery.
🔹Important information regarding ordering prescriptions:
Our phone lines are always in high demand and to help relieve some of the pressure, from Tuesday 1st June 2021 we will no longer be taking prescription requests over the telephone. You will need to register for the online services, arrange something with a pharmacy or post/drop in a request.
We will continue to take the requests over the telephone until this point but our administration team will advise each patient who calls that we will no longer be doing this from 1st June 2021 and you will need to put something else in place the next time you are due to order your prescription.
We still don’t want patients coming in to surgery to complete a request at the reception desk so where possible please do this before you come to surgery and drop the request in the prescription box in the porch area.
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Please go directly to our COVID-19 section for more updates regarding Coronavirus/Covid-19 Vaccination.
If you have been advised by a member of the team that you need to attend surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic, please note the following to keep you safe:
▪️Please try to arrive at your allotted time - if you are more than 5 minutes early, please wait in your car to avoid lingering in the waiting room.
▪️Please wear a face covering whilst inside our buildings - this should cover your mouth and nose and must be worn until you leave the building. This does not apply to infants under 3 but does apply to their accompanying parent/guardian. We encourage you to buy your own face covering as we only have a limited supply and are unable to keep handing these out.
▪️You will be screened for COVID symptoms and directed to sanitise your hands on arrival.
▪️Please maintain social distancing.
▪️The clinician will be wearing PPE – face mask, visor, gloves and apron during your consultation.
▪️The room and any equipment used will be thoroughly wiped between patients.
▪️We prefer to see you alone without other family members unless this is necessary for communication purposes.
If you are unwell with symptoms of temperature, cough or change in smell and/or taste or any household member is unwell and you have been told to self-isolate – please do not attend your appointment, we will happily rearrange.
Thank you for your continued co-operation and support.
We understand that it is particularly difficult for the deaf community to navigate services during the pandemic, we are trying our best to make our service accessible. Please let us know if you have particular needs with regards to how we communicate with you.