Latest GPDPR Correspondence

In light of the latest GPDPR correspondence which has gone out lately we wanted to help you to understand a little more about it. This is nothing to be scared about.

What is GPDPR?

GPDPR stands for General Practice Data for Planning and Research

Who is collecting this information?

NHS Digital : NHS Digital is the national custodian for health and care data in England and has responsibility for standardising, collecting, analysing, publishing and sharing data and information from across the health and social care system, including general practice.

What will collected data be used for

Patient data collected from general practice to NHS Digital is needed to support a wide variety of research and analysis to help run and improve health and care services.

Examples of areas of research

  •  Research of the long-term impact of coronavirus on the population
  • Analyse healthcare inequalities
  • Research and develop cures for serious illnesses

NHS Digital will collect

  • data about diagnoses, symptoms, observations, test results, medications, allergies, immunisations, referrals, recalls and appointments, including information about physical, mental and sexual health
  • data on sex, ethnicity and sexual orientation
  • data about staff who have treated patients

NHS Digital will NOT collect:

  • name and address (except for postcode, protected in a unique coded form)
  • written notes (free text), such as the details of conversations with doctors and nurses
  • images, letters and documents
  • coded data that is not needed due to its age – for example medication, referral and appointment data that is over 10 years old
  • coded data that GPs are not permitted to share by law – for example certain codes about IVF treatment, and certain information about gender re-assignment

When will this take place?

This data will be shared from 1st September 2021.

If you would like to opt out or find out more information you can use this link: