National Data Opt-Out

The national data opt out applies to the disclosure of confidential patient information for purposes beyond individual care across the health and adult social care system in England.

A patient is able to set an opt-out via a number of channels that include online, digitally assisted and non-digital channels. Any patient with an NHS number is able to set a National Data opt-out.

Patients can apply the national data opt-out either online, post or phone. For more information see

The national data opt out implements the opt-out process proposed by the National Data Guardian’s Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs.

What are national data opt outs? See link below for more details: