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Timings for information flows between systems

How information flows between systems, and how long this takes, in order to populate the NHS Shielded Patient List.

General practice and national algorithm

Data is extracted from GP systems on a weekly basis by the GP IT suppliers and passed to NHS Digital via the GP Extraction Service (GPES). This process takes two days.

Once the GPES data is received, NHS Digital processes it, along with other national datasets, to create the weekly update to the Shielded Patient List (SPL). The list is then inspected through a quality assurance process to ensure it is ready for release.  We aim for this process to take 2 days, with a day held in reserve.

When the data has passed quality assurance it is shared with the extremely vulnerable patients service where it is then uploaded. GP IT suppliers also receive a copy which used so that they can put electronic flags against patient records for those on the list.

We aim for the end to end process to take 7 days.

Hospitals

Hospitals submit daily additions and deductions through the SEFT process. NHS Digital processes these files daily and shares them, including making the updated list available to hospitals. The extremely vulnerable patients service processes these files the next day and the updated records are shared with GP systems on a weekly basis.

Dissemination frequency

The below lists the frequency of disseminations (how often we share the updated list).

Daily

Government extremely vulnerable patients service (hospital data)

Spine (and then accessed via Summary Care Record application)

Weekly

Government extremely vulnerable patients service (All data)

Letters and SMS text (patients identified nationally)

NHSE, CCGs and Arden & Gem CSU

General Practice

Hospitals

Detained Persons IT

Last edited: 11 May 2020 1:42 pm