Protecting Your Information

General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) And Opting Out (Type 1)

There has been a lot attention in the media regarding Patients information being extracted from GP surgeries and you, the patient being able to opt-out of having any of your personal identifiable information being collected and used.

NHS Digital have produced a notice on why this information will be collected and the option to exercise a type 1 opt-out, please click here for more details, there is additional information regarding your data at your-nhs-data-matters and the Privacy Notice here.

Alternatively, you can download and print out a Type 1 opt-out form here and return to the practice reception before data sharing begins, please note;

If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after your patient data has already been shared with NHS Digital, no more of your data will be shared with NHS Digital. NHS Digital will however still hold the patient data which was shared with them before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.

See the notice below from NHS Digital.


During the summer of 2021 substantial public, patient and professional concerns were raised about the changes we were proposing to improve the control, security, and consistency of access to data from general practice (GP). Many of these people, including GPs, also think that in the past these concerns had not been listened to or fully understood. We, as a health and care system, have an opportunity through this new GP data collection, ‘GP Data for Planning and Research’ to do much better.

We know we need to listen, understand, engage and act on what we learn to get this right, and we are committed to doing so. We are redesigning the programme from the ground up and are spending time working with partners such as, health and care professionals including the Royal College of GPs, research organisations and patient charities, data experts and the National Data Guardian, patients and the public to establish how best to address the concerns raised. We have listened to some critical feedback and we promise to work more closely with our partners to make sure they are confident that data is kept secure, the workload for general practice staff is reduced so they can concentrate on patients, and to communicate better with everyone. 

We do not have a set start date for this collection and will only do so when we, and our partners, are confident that we have engaged, listened, learned and made changes as a result.

We will only begin to collect data when: 

  • the British Medical Association (BMA), Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the National Data Guardian (NDG) are satisfied with the proposed arrangements - they are working with us as part of our Check and Challenge Group and will be key partners throughout the design process
  • an effective, secure computing environment (known as a Trusted Research Environment) has been developed to allow approved researchers to access data they have applied for, without it ever being copied or moved outside the security of the NHS 
  • any previous data collected through the GP Data for Planning and Research collection can be deleted at any time if people choose to opt-out of sharing their GP data with us
  • people are more aware of the new data collection process as a result of wider engagement and communication

COVID-19 Transparency Notice

The data being shared with NHS Digital will include information about patients who are currently registered with a GP practice or who have a date of death on or after 1 November 2019 whose record contains coded information relevant to coronavirus planning and research.
Please click on the following link to read how NHS Digital are using your data;

Beckington Family Practice’s data security and protection policies are available upon request.

Beckington Family Practice complies with the NHS National Data Opt-out Programme. More infomation can be found here:  your-nhs-data-matters

Your medical record is a lifelong history of your health. It can include

  • Personal data, such as name, address, date of birth, NHS number
  • Diseases, treatments and consultation notes
  • Prescriptions, medicines and any reactions to medication in the past
  • Information about allergies
  • Medical test results, such as blood tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, screening tests etc.
  • Letters from hospitals and other third parties

You can help to keep it accurate by informing us of any changes of name, address, telephone numbers, marital status and anything else that may be relevant to your health.

If you leave this practice’s list, your record will be sent to Primary Care Support England for forwarding to your new GP. If you move out of our practice area, please inform us of your new address and register with another GP. If you leave the country, please let us know. You can ask for a summary copy of your record to take with you. 

Privacy Notice – How we use your medical records

  • This practice handles medical records in-line with laws on data protection and confidentiality.
  • We share medical records with those who are involved in providing you with care and treatment.
  • In some circumstances we will also share medical records for medical research, for example to find out more about why people get ill.
  •  We share information when the law requires us to do so, for example, to prevent infectious diseases from spreading or to check the care being provided to you is safe.
  • You have the right to be given a copy of your medical record.
  • You have the right to object to your medical records being shared with those who provide you with care.
  • You have the right to object to your information being used for medical research and to plan health services.
  • You have the right to have any mistakes corrected and to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Please select these links below for further information: