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Choosing your data sharing preferences


We have changed how we talk about accessing certain NHS services online. We now call this logging in to your NHS account, whether you use the NHS App or the NHS website to do this. The services we offer have not changed.

How the NHS uses data from your health records

Your health records contain confidential patient information, which can be used to help the NHS with research and planning. If you do not want your data to be used in this way, you can opt out. Your confidential patient information will still be used for your individual care.

For more information, go to

Viewing or changing your data sharing preferences

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

To view and change your preference in your NHS account:

  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.

You can also visit

Managing data sharing preferences on behalf of someone else

You cannot manage data sharing preferences on behalf of someone else in your NHS account using the NHS App or NHS website. Find out how to make a choice for someone else.

Page last reviewed: 5 April 2022
Next review due: 5 September 2022