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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 detained 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 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-19 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 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)

Legal basis

General Practices

The Detained Estate


23 November 2022: Both Notices have been updated to reflect version 5 of the Business Rules which have been agreed with NHS England. Note that a full history of previous extracts is available in each Notice.


Last edited: 23 November 2022 11:17 am