The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has directed NHS Digital to collect and analyse data from providers and other organisations involved in managing the COVID-19 response and then disseminate information and analysis to other bodies for the purpose of planning and managing the response. NHS England and NHS Improvement have been given legal notice to support the processing and sharing of information to help the COVID-19 response under Health Service Control of Patient Information Regulations 2002.
Individual healthcare organisations and Local Authorities have also been given legal notice under the same regulations to support the processing and sharing of information to help the COVID-19 response. This is to ensure that confidential patient information can be used and shared appropriately and lawfully for purposes related to the COVID-19 response.
Please see the COPI Notice.
This notice applies to:
- All providers of healthcare
- All GP practices
- All Department of Health and Social Care’s Arm’s Length Bodies
- Local Authorities