The Shielded Patient List (SPL) is a record of vulnerable patients thought to be at high risk of complications from COVID-19. NHS and social care organisations use the list to identify vulnerable patients in their local area. Once identified, these patients are sent a letter with advice on how to protect themselves and how to access NHS services when required.
The SPL consists of a methodology and associated ruleset, a publication, and our dissemination of the data.
An updated NHS SPL will be generated weekly by NHS Digital, incorporating additional patient data provided by acute Trusts and GP practices. Each list will be based on the latest version of the SPL clinical methodology at that time.
Questions about the SPL publication process should be directed to: SPLQuery@nhs.net
Tracking healthcare activity and outcomes for Shielded Patients, England
This publication considers data relating to emergency admissions, mortality and positive COVID-19 tests for a subset of patients on the English SPL compared with an age-matched sample of the general population. The open data file includes the underlying counts and rates to allow for analysis, modelling and planning to take place to aid the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) shielded patient list is enabling partner organisations across government to support and protect those who need shielding at this time. This data shows open data about the Shielded Patient List, and how it has been used.