The NHS wants to make sure you and your family have the best care now and in the future. Your health and adult social care information supports your individual care. It also helps the NHS to research, plan and improve health and care services in England. Unless you have chosen to opt out, your confidential patient information can be used for research and planning. An online service allows you to make or change your decision at any time. You can also download a form to manage a choice on behalf of another individual by proxy.
If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you can opt out of this. Your confidential patient information will still be used to support your individual care. Any choice you set using this service will not change this.
You may use the online service, or request a print-and-post form, to make or change your choice at any time. You can also request assistance or make your choice using the telephone service (0300 303 5678). If you do not wish to opt out, you do not have to do anything at all.