North London Partners in health and care

GP Data for Planning and Research


NHS Digital recently announced plans to simplify and update the way they collect data from GP practices, and to introduce a new way to use data, known as General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR). Data is requested from GP practices by Data Provision Notices (DPNs) – which GPs are legally required to comply with.

GPDPR will be used for:

  • Managing and planning demand for services, such as how many people are diagnosed with particular illnesses
  • Analysing the outcomes of services to ensure the health service delivery is getting results
  • Recently, managing the pandemic

For GPDPR, data is pseudonymised, so is not directly identifiable, and doesn’t include information like detailed GP notes.

More information on GPDPR is available on the NHS Digital website, including details of how you can opt out.

There is a short video here to explain what GPDPR is and how your data will be used: How the NHS uses your patient data from GP practices to improve health and care - YouTube