National Data Opt Out (NDOO)

NHS Digital launched the National Data Opt Out on 25th May 2018, to coincide with the EU GDPR.

They have produced a brief fact sheet about it – Official_NDOO_Leaflet.

Voyager Family Health places privacy and data protection at the heart of all its processing.

Currently, Voyager Family Health processes the following for secondary uses:

  • Mandatory data collections to NHS Digital
  • Evaluation of Vanguard services (with patient consent)
  • The National Cancer Diagnosis Audit

Mandatory data collections

GP surgeries are sometimes required by law to extract and upload data to NHS Digital. We are required by law to let patients know about these and of their right to opt-out (fair processing information).

One such mandatory extraction is for Individual GP Level Data – you can read about it here.

Another mandatory data collection is the National Diabetes Audit – you can read about it here.

The other mandatory data collection is the extraction of sick note data to NHS Digital and DWP (Department of Working Pensions)

If you have opted out of secondary uses of your GP record, then data from your GP record will not be extracted and uploaded to NHS Digital for these purposes. Click here to read about Type 1 opt-outs

Mythbusting social media posts about the national data opt-out

A number of posts are circulating on social media about the national data opt-out, containing incorrect information. This page looks at these claims and gives you the facts you need to make your choice.

If you wish to opt out

Anyone aged 13yrs or over can set their NDOO status via an online service at or phone 0300 330 9412.

If you are acting on behalf of another individual (i.e. you have a child 12 or under or as a proxy, perhaps with lasting power of attorney authority), you cannot do this online and will have to ring 0300 330 9412 instead (or via other so-called “non-digital” methods).

 Where can I find more information about sharing my medical information?

If you would like any further information about your data, please submit a General Enquiry for the attention of Dawn Hambly (Quality/Training Manager) or Marina Edwards (IT Lead). Please do not phone the surgery