Your health records contain a type of data called confidential patient information, which can be used to help with research and planning. This is sometimes referred to as the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR).
You can choose to stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning. You can also make a choice for someone else like your children under the age of 13.
Shared data helps the NHS. It has been used to find the first treatment for coronavirus and for vaccine research.
NHS Digital will never sell your data, and there are strict rules about how NHS can use your data. It’s only shared securely and safely.
If you’re happy with your confidential patient information being used for research and planning you do not need to do anything.