The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, working with the CMOs of the devolved nations and other senior clinicians, commissioned NHS Digital to produce a list of people at “high risk” of complications from COVID-19, who should be shielded for at least 12 weeks.
This list is referred to as the Shielded Patient List (SPL). The “high risk” list was defined as a subset of a wider group of people who may be “at risk”.
Specific advice applies to these groups, currently this advice is:
- “At Risk” – large group (circa 19 million) normally at risk from the flu - should practice strict social distancing
- “At high risk” – a smaller sub-group (circa 1.5 million), defined by CMO – should practice complete social “shielding”