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Shielded patient list guidance for other organisations

Shielded patient list guidance for Guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local authorities.  

Guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

The NHS Shielded Patient List is provided to CCGs on a weekly basis. CCGs can use the information for

  • integrated work with local authorities
  • providing support to the national volunteer programmes, for example, delivering food parcels
  • sharing data between primary and secondary care where instructed to do so by GP practices and/or trusts
  • risk stratification. The national data opt out is applied to the data used for risk stratification
  • operational planning to predict likely demand on primary, community and acute service for vulnerable patients. This purpose will be carried out on pseudonymised data only with the national data opt out applied.

CCGs are unable to add or deduct patients from the Shielded Patient List. 

Letter of release for CCGs

Guidance for local authorities

The NHS Shielded Patient List is provided to the Cabinet Office who operate the Extremely Vulnerable Persons service. Information from the Extremely Vulnerable Persons service is then provided to local authorities, in conjunction with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

Local authorities will support patients who:

  • have requested support from their local authority through the Service in response to receiving the letter or the text message
  • who have not yet contacted the Service. 

Upper tier local authorities can share information with their lower tiers subject to some further conditions. Local authorities should contact the MHCLG for further information.

Local authorities are unable to add or deduct patients from the Shielded Patient List.

Last edited: 28 April 2020 8:03 am