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Your Data Matters - NHS

your care data

YOUR DATA MATTERS - NHS 

Choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning 

How confidential patient information is used

When your choice does not apply

Make your choice

Your health records contain a type of data called confidential patient information.  This data can be used to help with research and planning. 

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 

Your choice will only apply to the health and care system in England.  This does not apply to health or care services accessed in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. 

What is confidential patient information

Confidential patient information is when 2 types of information from health records are joined together. 

The 2 types of information are:

  • something that can identify you 
  • something about your health care or treatment

for example, your name joined with what medicine you take. 

Identifiable information on its own is used by health and care services to contact patient and this is not confidential patient information. 

How we use your confidential patient information

Your individual care 

Health and care staff may use your confidential patient information to help with your treatment and care.  For example, when you visit your GP they may look at your records for important information about your health. 

Research and planning 

Confidential patient information might also be used to:

  • plan and improve health and care services 
  • research and develop cures for serious illnesses

Your choice

You can stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning.  Find out how to make your choice.

if you're happy with your confidential patient information being used for research and planning you do not need to do anything 

Any choice you make will not impact your individual care. 



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