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COVID-19 at-risk patients Data Provision Notices

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.

Overview

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.

The data was used to populate the Shielded Patient List though this service has now stopped. Find out more about  this.


Scope of the collection

This Notice is served on:

  • GP practices in England
  • Criminal justice secure and detained estate in England.


Collection - GP practices

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. 

Read Version 3 of the Data Provision Notice for General Practices.

Read the latest version of the data extract specification (Coronavirus (COVID-19): At risk patients - March 2021 business rules and expanded cluster list).


Collection: criminal justice secure and detained estate

The first extract will take place week commencing 20 April 2020 and will run on a weekly basis until such time as the need for this data has ended or until the expiry of the COVID-19 Direction. 

The data specification is outlined in the supporting Data Provision Notice.

Read the Data Provision Notice for the criminal justice secure and detained estate.


Updates

20 May 2022: This page has been updated to include a link to the latest business rules and to note the stopping of the Shielded Patient List.

Last edited: 24 May 2022 9:59 am