How data in your GP record is used and how you can control the use (opt-out)

NHS Digital is replacing the General Practice Extraction Service with a new system called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service, a broader general-purpose collection which will enable faster access to pseudonymised patient data for planners and researchers.

Practices will have been sent a data provision notice (DPN) on around 12 May from their system supplier. This provides a 6 week notice of data collection which will begin on 1st July. Any opt-out from a patient must be applied by the practice prior to 30 June 2021.

As a practice, we fully respect your right as a patient to control your data. We outline our privacy policy (insert link) in more detail on our website and explain how we share data with other providers, including the Great North Care Record and NHS Digital for secondary use.

You have the right to opt-out at any time from data being shared.

Your data is used in broadly two different ways:

  1. To provide you with care. This is called “Primary Use
  2. To allow for planning and research to be done. This is called “Secondary Use

Both uses will only be made where it is considered secure and appropriate to use patient data.

Opting-out of data sharing is an option for all patients, however it is not without potential downsides. For Primary Use data, if you opt-out and need care in a local hospital, for example, it may be much harder for the staff to access important medical information about you needed to provide safe and effective care. For Secondary Use, the downsides are more indirect. If everyone in the country were to opt-out, it would make it much harder to ensure funding is used in the NHS to develop services where they are needed. It would also be harder to develop new treatments.

It is possible to opt-out of specific parts of data sharing, while keeping some elements of data sharing in place. It is very common, for example, for people who have privacy concerns about Secondary Use, to be happy to continue sharing data for Primary Use/Direct Care.

The below table summarises what opt-outs are possible, and how to request them:

How data in your GP record is used, and how you can control the use

Secondary Use – Using your data to design health services and do health research

Who it is shared withHow it is usedHow to opt out
Local NHS Organisations (such as Clinical Commissioning Groups)Using data to plan how to design local services around the needs of the populationUse a ‘type-1 opt out’ – Please send this form to the practice by emailing to (add surgery email address)
NHS DigitalUsing data to plan and design national services around the needs of the population
External research organisationsUsing data for various research purposesUse the National Data Opt-out – Visit the NHS website, use the NHS App or call 0300 3035678


How to manage your sharing preferences using the NHS App

You can view or change your current preference at any time.

To view and change your preference in the NHS App:

  1. Go to Your health
  2. Select Choose if data from your health and care records is shared for planning and research.
  3. Select Make your choice.
  4. Review the information on the page, then select Start now.
  5. View your preference, then select Change if you want to change it.
  6. Update your choice, then select Submit.

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#Quit for COVID

Quit for COVID – there has never been a more important time for smokers to quit

SMOKERS in Sunderland are being urged to quit to reduce the risks of severe symptoms if they get COVID-19.

Smoking tobacco damages the lungs, weakens the immune system and causes a range of severe respiratory problems. Evidence so far suggests people who smoke may be at increased risk of severe disease if they get COVID-19.

Lots of people have made an attempt to quit in recent months. If you’re a smoker and you want to be one of them, there is support to help.

Gill Kelly, specialist stop smoking service lead nurse for the Sunderland Specialist Stop Smoking Service said: “We are getting calls every day now from smokers who are determined that they want to quit at this point in time.

“Even if you’ve tried before and didn’t manage don’t give up on quitting because you can do it. Many smokers try several times before they succeed, but getting the right support and using stop smoking aids to help ease the cravings gives you a much better chance of success.”

If you are ready to make the change, please give us a call and arrange an appointment with Sinead.

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Newsletter March 2020

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Publication of GP average earnings March 2021

NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised and the required disclosure is shown below. 

However, it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice and should not be used to for any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparisons with other practices.

The average earnings for GPs working in the Park Lane Practice in the last financial year ending in 2018/19 was £46,994 before taxation and National Insurance. 

This is for 1 full time GP and 2 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.

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Why do our receptionists ask so many questions?

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The surgery will be closed on:

Wednesday 12th February 2020 (from 12 noon until 8am the following day)

This is for mandatory staff training held by Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group

Any patient that requires medical assistance in this time is asked to call 111

If you have a medical emergency such as chest pain, shortness of breath or excessive bleeding please dial 999

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Friends & Family Test – October 2019 results

The NHS Friends & Family Test asks How likely are you to recommend our GP practice to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?”

13 patients completed a handwritten survey and 146 replied via txt message in August and the following results were returned:

  • Extremely likely: 125
  • Likely: 25
  • Neither likely or unlikely: 2
  • Unlikely: 3
  • Extremely unlikely: 2
  • Don’t Know: 2

Patient feedback helps us to improve our services.  Please take a moment to complete a survey at reception next time you visit the practice.

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GDPR – Privacy Notice Park Lane Practice

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Patient Participation Group Minutes

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