How your data is used
Your health and care information is used to improve your individual care. It is also used
to help us research new treatments, decide where to put GP clinics and plan for the
number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital. Wherever possible we try to use
data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential
What is Confidential Patient Information?
Confidential patient information identifies you and says something about your health,
care or treatment. You would expect this information to be kept private. Information
that only identifies you, like your name and address, is not considered confidential
patient information and may still be used.
Who can use your Confidential Patient Information?
It is used by the NHS, local authorities, university and hospital researchers, medical
colleges and pharmaceutical companies researching new treatments.
What should you do next?
You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your confidential patient
information is used. If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used
for research and planning, you can choose to opt out securely online (click here)or
through a telephone service (0300 303 5678).