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Care Information Choices

This page contains data on the number of patients who have opted out of sharing their personal information for purposes other than direct care. There are two types of opt-out:

A type 1 opt-out prevents information being shared outside a GP practice for purposes other than direct care.

A type 2 opt-out prevents information being shared outside of the HSCIC for purposes beyond the individual's direct care.

As the Care Information Choices report is now well established and stable, it will become a quarterly based publication from the next release on the 14th March 2017.


March 2017

Publication date: March 14, 2017

Care Information Choices, March 2017


December 2016

Publication date: December 09, 2016

Care Information Choices, December 2016


November 2016

Publication date: November 15, 2016

Care Information Choices, November 2016


October 2016

Publication date: October 11, 2016

Care Information Choices, October 2016


September 2016

Publication date: September 9, 2016

Care Information Choices, September 2016


August 2016

Publication date: August 17, 2016

Care Information Choices, August 2016


July 2016

Publication date: July 20, 2016

Care Information Choices, July 2016


June 2016

Publication date: June 17, 2016

Care Information Choices, June 2016


May 2016

Publication date: May 17, 2016

Care Information Choices, May 2016


April 2016

Publication date: April 20, 2016

Care Information Choices, April 2016


Data for subsequent months will be published on a monthly basis throughout 2016-17.

Further resources

The below HSCIC web pages also contain some information about patient opt-outs:

Your personal information choices

How we look after information

Why do we collect this information?

The Department of Health (DH), on behalf of the Secretary of State, have directed the HSCIC to establish a data collection in order to receive specific patient opt-out data to uphold patients' right to opt out of data sharing as stated in the NHS Constitution, and to monitor the rate of patient opt-outs as recommended by the 2013 Caldicott Review.

We collect and publish data about how many people have registered a type 1 or type 2 opt-out to monitor levels of opt-outs by GP Practice and to help our customers understand the potential implications of type 2 opt-outs on the data that they receive.

People can also use it to ensure their GP practice is providing data as part of this collection to enable their type 2 opt-out to be upheld by NHS Digital.

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