Removal of patients from the Shielded Patient List (SPL)

Removal of patients from the Shielded Patient List (SPL)

NHS Digital has identified cases from the SPL where a high-risk flag has been deleted from a patient record but was not replaced by a moderate or low risk flag. As the flag was not replaced, the patient was not removed from the SPL and their record was left inconsistent. This applies to a very small number of patients nationally.

If a GP practice had a high proportion of affected patients, we have already asked them to review a list of these patients. Where this affected a low proportion of patients in the GP practice list, NHS Digital is automatically updating these remaining affected patient records this week with a medium or low flag based on their health records. A letter will be sent informing these patients that they are being removed from the SPL. If you think that a patient needs to remain on the SPL however, you can re-instate the high-risk flag if needed. 

Removal of Children and Young People from the Shielded Patient List (SPL)

Following an evidence review, which found the COVID-19 risk of hospital admission, critical care and death for children and young people to be very low, UK Chief Medical Officers have accepted the recommendation from the UK Clinical Review Panel to remove all remaining children and young people from the SPL. 

These individuals will receive a letter from Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, informing them of this decision in the coming days. This letter and an FAQ document which answers the main questions that we anticipate from parents/guardians were shared on Tuesday for information via a SPOC. No action is required of you at this time.