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To support the collection of data to identify patients who may be clinically extremely vulnerable if they contract COVID-19, to cover general practice and the criminal justice estate.
The Department of Health and Social Care has directed NHS Digital to collect this data for the purpose of direct care in response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus (also known as coronavirus).
The objective of this collection is, on an ongoing basis, to identify who may be clinically extremely vulnerable if they contract COVID-19. The required data comprises two extracts:
patients registered at GP practices in England
patients registered as part of the criminal justice secure and detained estate in England.
The data collected will be analysed and linked with other data NHS Digital holds to identify a list of clinically extremely vulnerable patients who will be advised to take shielding measures to protect themselves.
Patient level data including name, address, NHS Number and GP practice will be collected for identified patients.
Criminal justice secure and detained estate in England.
Legal basis for provision of data
This Notice is issued in support of a Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate information systems to collect and analyse data in connection with COVID-19, and develop and operate information and communication systems to deliver services in connection with COVID-19.
The first extract took place on 18 March 2020. The data specification was outlined in version 1 of the Data Provision Notice.
Version 2 of the Data Provision Notice confirmed the move to weekly collections.
The specification has been further refined, after consultation, and it has now been agreed that the seasonal national flu immunisation programme criteria for 2020 - 2021 will be expanded to include patients on the Shielded Patient List. Therefore, to provide information that will support the identification of patients at moderate or high risk of complications from flu, a revision to the weekly extract of data has taken place.
This collection will continue until the expiry of the COVID-19 Direction.