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COVID-19 Unpaid Carers Data

Data Provision Notices to provide NHS Digital with information about unpaid carers from the Department for Work and Pensions and Local Authorities, to assist with the identification of those members of the public who may be eligible for priority COVID-19 vaccinations.

Overview

The Data Provision Notices published on this page are to support the national COVID-19 Vaccination Programme which NHS England has been commissioned by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to operate. 

As the organisation with operational responsibility for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in England, NHS England needs to identify members of the public who act as unpaid carers so that it can invite them for vaccination immediately as part of a priority cohort. It is necessary to identify these individuals and then determine their contact details so that they can be invited to book a vaccination urgently. 

NHS Digital is the owner of the Patient Demographics Service (PDS) and is the Controller for the data contained within the PDS. On collection of the data specified in the Notices, NHS Digital will link the PDS demographic data with each respective individual’s NHS Number using PDS data.  A list of NHS Numbers will then be provided by NHS Digital to NHS England so that the individuals in question can be invited for vaccination by NHS England.


Scope of the collection

These Notices are served on:

  • Department of Work and Pensions
  • Local Authorities

Legal basis for provision of data

NHS Digital has been directed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to establish and operate information systems to collect and analyse data in connection with COVID-19.


Collection

Department of Work and Pensions

  • The collection will commence from the date this DPN is provided to DWP and will be two separate one-off collections of the data. 

Local Authorities

  • The collection will commence from the date this DPN is published (2 March 2021) and will be for a period of 14 days. 


Read the Data Provision Notice - Department for Work and Pensions


Read the Data Provision Notice - Local Authorities

Last edited: 2 March 2021 1:20 pm