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Process for maintaining the shielded patient list

The shielded patient list (SPL) is developed by NHS Digital at the direction of the Chief Medical Officer for England. This outlines how we maintain it.

Overview

process diagram of shielded patient list

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Clinical algorithm

The shielded patient list (SPL) algorithm is developed by NHS Digital at the direction of the Chief Medical Officer for England.

We openly publish the algorithm on our website.

New versions of the algorithm will be issued if directed by the Chief Medical Officer for England, and published on the site.

Questions about the technical implementation of the algorithm, or the specific SNOMED codes used, should be sent to SPLQuery@nhs.net. Please do not send any personal details or medical queries to this email address.

Publication

process flow for SPL

The shielded patient list is generated from NHS Digital data repositories, and additional sources, as directed by NHS England and the Chief Medical Officer for England.

Current data sources include:

  • additional cancer patients, advised by Public Health England
  • patients identified by GP practices and acute hospitals

An updated NHS shielded patient list will be generated by NHS Digital weekly.

Questions about the NHS SPL Publication process should be directed to SPLQuery@nhs.net.  Please do not send any personal details or medical queries to this email address.

Dissemination

The shielded patient list will be disseminated by NHS Digital to recipients with whom we have a data dissemination agreement in place, which will detail the terms of release and agreements on the intended use of the data, commitments to secure handling and management of the list, and the scope of onward disseminations.

The approved recipients of the NHS shielded patient list are published openly on this website.

The central government shielded patient list service is being run by the cabinet office, supported by the Department for Work and Pensions, local government authorities, and others.

New applications for access to the list should be sent to SPLQuery@nhs.net.  Please do not send any personal details or medical queries to this email address.

Last edited: 20 May 2020 10:58 am