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COVID-19 At Risk Patients

Data Provision Notices to require the submission of data to help identify patients who may be more at risk if they contract COVID-19, to cover general practice and the criminal justice estate.

July 2022: Please note that the Notices below are being updated to reflect the closure of the Shielded Patient List.


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 registered patients:

  • who are more at risk of getting seriously ill with COVID-19
  • who may be suitable for treatment if they become COVID-19 positive
  • who may be suitable for a COVID vaccination.

The required data comprises two extracts:

  • patients registered at GP practices in England
  • patients registered on the health and justice information system (HJIS) which serves the criminal justice secure and detained estate in England.

The data collected will be analysed and linked with other data NHS Digital holds. Patient level data including name, address, NHS Number and GP practice will be collected for identified patients.


This Notice is served on:

  • GP practices in England
  • NHS England (as data controller of the data held on the HJIS in England)

Collection: criminal justice secure and detained estate

Read Version 1.1 of the Data Provision Notice for the criminal justice secure and detained estate.

The data specification is outlined in the Data Provision Notice.


19 July 2022: Previously used as a source of data for the Shielded Patient List, Version 1.1 of the criminal justice DPN has been updated to reflect the closure of that programme and a change in purpose of the data. 

Last edited: 19 July 2022 2:25 pm