The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased and urgent demand for social care data for planning and research.
To support care providers and help them manage the coronavirus (COVID-19 ) pandemic, care management IT suppliers introduced the ability to record the COVID-19 status of care receivers and staff in their systems. This has meant that care providers have been recording COVID-19 status information as part of their workflow within their care management software.
As part of their terms and conditions with their customers, social care management IT suppliers can share the data they hold on behalf of their customers for the benefits of health and social care planning and research.
To support the response to the coronavirus outbreak, NHS Digital has been legally directed to collect and analyse social care information, relating to COVID-19, under the COVID-19 public health directions 2020 from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
To enable this collection, a Data Provision Notice has been issued under Section 259 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
We have been working with care management IT suppliers with a view to merging existing COVID-19 status data together into one new anonymised data set.
Care management IT suppliers are contacting their customers (care providers) to seek their specific permission to enable the flow of data to NHS Digital, in accordance with the terms of the Data Provision Notice.