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.
Patients added to the Shielded Patient List (SPL) will be contacted by the NHS on behalf of the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, to advise of the measures they can take to reduce their risk of contracting the virus and to sign-post them to the Extremely Vulnerable Persons service operated by gov.uk
Find out how the Shielded Patient List is being used.
Find out more about the Extremely Vulnerable Persons service.