General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDfPR)

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 has developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection. 

NHS Digital will not collect patients’ names or addresses directly. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital (a process known as pseudonymisation).

Further information about the service can be found here.

This collection will start on 1 September 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice by 18 August 2021.

Opt Out Form – please download, print, complete and hand this into reception at either site, or post to Highfields Medical Centre as per the address on the form.

The National Data Opt Out – that you can set online or via the NHS App – will not work to prohibit this data extraction for your GP record.
You need the Type 1 opt-out to do this.

You can opt back in to secondary uses, including GPDPR, at any time.

Protected Learning Time – Practice Closure

Our GP Practice takes part in a number of Protected Learning Time (PLT) events throughout the year. This dedicated time allows the practice the opportunity to close for the afternoon to carry out essential staff training and address learning and professional development needs for the whole Practice team. This Protected Learning Time allows us as a Practice to improve on our service delivery and ensure we are providing a high standard of care to our patient population.

 

We would like to advise you that the Practice will be closed for PLT on the following dates:

 

·  Thursday 9th September 2021                    afternoon from 1pm-6.30pm

 

·  Wednesday 15th September 2021            afternoon from 1pm-6.30pm

 

·  Thursday 23rd September 2021                 afternoon from 1pm-6.30pm

 

Between the hours of 1pm-6.30pm on these days, the phone lines will be diverted to an outsourced provider, Willows Health who will be able to assist you.

If you need medical assistance Willows Health will provide a clinical assessment over the phone, and if you require to be seen by a GP within these hours, they will arrange this.