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General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)

NHS Digital has been collecting data from GPs through its trusted General Practice Extraction Service. This system is now being replaced with their new 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.

More detailed information can be found via NHS Digital, including the process of how you can opt out. Please note that there are two different opt outs which you need to be aware of: Type 1 opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data - this requires a form to be completed and returned to the practice) and Type 2 (National Data) opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital sharing your data - this can be done online via the NHS website or app - see below).

Data collection will start on 1 September 2021, if you do not want your data shared with NHS Digital this should be done by returning the Type 1 form above to your GP practice by 23 June 2021 to allow time for processing it.

You can also undertake the Type 2 Opt Out via the NHS App.

If you have the NHS App you are able 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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The current NHS Digital (NHSD) extract of GP data for Research purposes (known as the GPDPR) has been delayed due to NHSD wishing to review the way in which this data will be collected, to conduct more public involvement and information about the plans and change the way in which patients can opt out of the extract of their GP data.


Currently the only way to opt out is to complete a Type 1 opt out form and return this to the practice by the 1st September.  However, this extract will not be taken until the NHSD have changed the way it will take the data and respect the patient’s choice for using their data.  NHSD are introducing the following changes to the opt out process which will mean that patients will be able to change their opt-out status at any time::-

  • Patients do not need to register a Type 1 opt-out by 1st September to ensure their GP data will not be uploaded
  • NHS Digital will create the technical means to allow GP data that has previously been uploaded to the system via the GPDPR collection to be deleted when someone registers a Type 1 opt-out.
  • The plan to retire Type 1 opt-outs will be deferred for at least 12 months while we get the new arrangements up and running and will not be implemented without consultation with the RCGP, the BMA and the National Data Guardian. 

This means that you can opt out at any time in the future and NHSD will delete data that they already have taken for research purposes, the deadline of the 01/09/2020 has been delayed until a new system of opt out is developed.  Hopefully, this will be a simple centralised approach via the NHS app or NHS website to avoid paper form and administration work for your GP.


We will update you when we know more about the NHSD plans to change how you can control who has access to your data.

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The Village Surgery has an on line service called ’SystmOnline’.  SystmOnline is a very easy to use website which will enable you to: 

  • View existing appointments
  • Book a 10 minute doctor's appointment over the next four weeks
  • Cancel an appointment
  • View your medication
  • Request repeat medication
  • Review your Summary Care Record
  • Change your contact details
  • Review your detailed recorded medical record.

To set yourself up to use the service couldn’t be simpler: merely attend the Surgery and ask in person at reception for a user name and password—but please be aware that photo ID may be required.  If you are a carer and would like to register the person you care for, please obtain a consent form from reception and ask the person you care for to complete it and for you to then return it in person to reception.

Ordering repeat prescriptions is also a simple procedure and can be done by following some easy to understand prompts on the website.  We hope our patients will be pleased with the simplicity and convenience SytemOnline gives them. 

Requests to review your medical record will need to be assessed by your usual GP to ensure there is nothing in your record that he/she considers possibly harmful to your well being.  This may take up to 10 working days.

For further information, please pick up a leaflet from the receptionists.



Please note that if you require to see a doctor or want medical advice when we are closed and it cannot wait until we are open, the number you need to contact for Out of Hours or advice is 111.


ARE YOU A CARER?  If so, please let us know - we may be able to help you.


Do you help a family member , friend or neighbour who needs support because the person

    • Is frail


    • Has a long term health condition


    • Has a physical disability


    • Has a learning disability


    • Has a chronic illness


    • Has a mental illness that means they need support to cope


    • Has a substance misuse problem with drugs or alcohol



Your Doctor needs to know if you are caring for someone. You or the person you care for might need extra support for example if you need to go into hospital for your own needs or you are unwell.  Carers have extra health risks for example back and neck injuries, stress related conditions, recurrent viral conditions and nutritional problems.




You are entitled to a free flu vaccination each autumn, please ask at reception




There is help and support if you are a carer , you can speak to someone about caring by telephoning NHS Carers Direct on 0808 802 0202.  Advisors on the service will call you back if necessary.  They speak over 100 different languages.




If you need help with practical tasks of caring telephone


·      Poole Social Services on 01202 633902 (helpdesk)


·      Bournemouth Care Direct 01202 01202 454979


·       You are entitled to a carers assessment, this is a meeting with a Social Worker who will look at the services you might benefit from to help you.




Join your local Carer’s Information Service  This service will send you a regular newsletter about services and support available for carers including those which help you get a break from caring.  Many services are free even if you have private funds.  You may miss out on things that you are entitled to if you do not join this service, it is free to join telephone 01202 458204 and ask to join the carers information service




You or the person you care for may be entitled to benefits. Some benefits are not means tested so even if you have private funds you may still be able to claim.  Get advice from NHS Carers Direct 0808 802 0202, or ask at your local Citizens Advice Bureau or the Department of Work and Pensions.




Get a break from caring .  It will help you and the person you care for to stay healthy if you get enough rest and a break from each other now and again.  There are local day activities for carers, grants available for short breaks and ways to get a longer break if you need it.  There is a subsidised service for replacement care if the person that you care for cannot be left alone.  Telephone the carers team on 01202 458204




Plan ahead, so that if you have an emergency or are unwell the person that you care for will be looked after.  You can register for the Carer’s in Crisis Service.  You need to do this now, rather than when you have an emergency as registration can take 3 to 4 weeks.  Once the plan is set up you will have the peace of mind of knowing that help is just a phone call away if you ever need it.  01202 633902 (helpdesk), registration is free.




More information is available on our Carers Direct section.



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