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Shielded patient list guidance for other organisations

Shielded patient list guidance for Guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), local authorities, NHS 111 and mental health providers. 

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. 
     

They may also inform patients of local guidance in the event of an increase in COVID-19 in the area.

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.

Guidance for NHS 111 providers

As part of an NHS England Pilot Programme, the NHS Shielded Patient List is provided weekly to Redbridge CCG, to support the NHS 111 call handling systems for London. This ensures that shielding patients who call 111 and require referral to an emergency department, are now flagged as being on the Shielded Patient List – enabling clinicians who provide onward direct care to make appropriate arrangements for the patient concerned.

If you are an NHS 111 provider and want to learn about this pilot, please contact SPLquery@nhs.net

Guidance for mental health providers

As part of an NHS England Pilot Programme, the NHS Shielded Patient List is provided to Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, who are responsible for mental health services in the region. This means that for those patients on the Shielded Patients List who are in receipt of mental health services from the Trust, the trust is able to proactively contact those patients and review their care plans with them in light of their shielding status, as shielding is an extreme course of action likely to have had significant impact on the shielding individual’s mental health.

If you are a mental health service provider and want to learn about this pilot, please contact SPLquery@nhs.net.

Dashboards

NHS Digital has published open dashboards publicly. It also offers more granular dashboards to CCGs and Local Authorities. If you are from a CCG or Local Authority and would like access please contact splquery@nhs.net

Last edited: 10 July 2020 8:55 am