Project Description

Coming soon as a stand-alone course and already available within the Level 2 Excellence in Supporting Healthcare certificate

A national data opt-out has been developed for patients to opt out of sharing their confidential patient information for reasons other than their individual care and treatment. The national data opt-out went live on-line and in a non-digital version on 25 May 2018.

By March 2020 all health and adult social care organisations which process and/or disclose confidential patient information (CPI) that originates within the health and adult social care system in England are required to consider if national data opt-outs should be applied to disclosures of CPI, for purposes beyond individual care.

The PMA are delighted to have worked in collaboration with NHS Digital to develop and deliver this online training to support NHS Digital’s initiative to roll out the National Data Opt-out to a wide audience of healthcare professionals (in this case, the primary care sector).

Please note, this course is free of charge. On completion, the PMA will award a certificate for the attained CPD points.

The learning objectives are to ensure health and care professionals:

  • Have the information, tools and materials they need to help their patients make an informed decision about how their confidential patient information will be used
  • Know where to signpost patients for more information and the channels through which a patient can set an opt-out
  • Understand when national data opt-outs should be applied

There is a knowledge check upon completion of the unit.

This method of learning allows everyone to manage how and when they absorb the information.

For more information on the process visit:

If you would like to know more, please contact the PMA Team at or phone 0330 111 6459 and we will be happy to speak to you in more detail about how the PMA e-Learning Programme can benefit you.

  • Duration: Flexible – 2-3 hours

  • Location: Online either as a stand-alone unit or as part of a level 2 competency programme

Who should take part?

Any member of the primary care team wishing to gain a concise overview of this policy and its implications as well as their role in its implementation.
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