Monthly Archives: July 2021

General Practice Data for Planning and Research – please click here for more information and how to opt out if you wish to do so

General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)

The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. NHS Digital and the Government have developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

NHS Digital has engaged with the British Medical Association (BMA), Royal College of GPs (RCGP) and the National Data Guardian (NDG) to ensure relevant safeguards are in place for patients and GP practices.

Type 1 Opt Out: GP to NHS Digital

This collection will start on 1st September 2021. If you do not want your identifiable patient data from the GP practice to be shared with NHS Digital for purposes other than for your own care, please complete and return to your GP Practice a Type 1 Opt-out form no later than 25th August 2021. If you return your form after this date, data sharing will stop from the date of registration.

To submit a Type 1 Opt-Out form ONLY please print and complete the form and bring to reception.

Dissent from secondary use of patient identifiable data

National Data Opt-Out (Type 2): NHS Digital to Third Parties

Complete the National Data Opt-Out form ONLY. This will stop information from your medical records being shared with third parties. You can do this online or via the NHS App. The GP Practice does not have any control over this and cannot process this for you.

To submit your National Data Opt-Out form, you can complete the form on the NHS Digital website: https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/

For further information please go to NHS Digital: https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out

Covid Vaccine Pass – click here for more information

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from:

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores
  • the NHS website
  • 119 – by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you’re planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.