- From 30 September 2021 all healthcare providers in England must comply with the National Data Opt Out (please note the change from previously communicated deadlines: 1 April 2020, 1 October 2020, and 1 April 2021)
- Patient data entered into SSNAP are subject to the Opt Out
- Each patient’s NHS numbers MUST be screened against the national opt out list at NHS Digital prior to ANY of their data being entered onto the SSNAP webtool
- Please check with your Trust’s Information Governance team for local arrangements by which the screen should take place
Guidance on the policy and how to comply with the policy is available here: https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out/compliance-with-the-national-data-opt-out.
The role of the SSNAP team is to inform participating teams of how the NDOO applies to SSNAP, it is up to individual Trusts to implement NDOO policy. We do not have any oversight of how each Trust adheres to the NDOO, this is up to each team. Please check with your Trust’s Information Governance team for local arrangements by which the screen should take place.
We also recommend contacting NHSD for advice and reviewing their comprehensive guidance document. It may be useful to use the upcoming months to test different ways of implementing and which best suit your team.
If you have any questions, please refer to the NHSD guidance and let us know if there are any specific questions regarding SSNAP.