At the request of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS Digital is developing digital infrastructure to support a more sophisticated approach to identifying individuals with increased vulnerability to COVID-19. DHSC has commissioned Oxford University to develop a risk assessment tool based on a combination of specific characteristics, for example, age, sex, ethnicity, medical conditions.
On 19 November 2020 we delivered the private beta release for the clinical-facing risk stratification tool to a small cohort consisting of GPs, CCGs and primary and secondary care. Initial feedback has been positive and the private beta will continue until mid-January 2021.
We continue to work closely with the Department of Health and Social Care to review findings from the private beta release to inform delivery of future phases and wider applications of the technology.
We are currently assessing the potential use of the Oxford Risk Calculator to support the prioritisation of clinically extremely vulnerable individuals for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.