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Centralised Covid-19 data collection to ‘ease burden’ on GPs

NHS Digital is to start collecting coronavirus data from general practice to ‘ease the burden’ on GPs, it has announced.

The fortnightly central data collection will support ‘planning, monitoring and research’ as part of the Covid-19 response and comes as a result of a ‘direct request’ from the BMA and RCGP, NHS Digital said.

Practices were asked to share confidential patient information with the Government in April to 'support the secretary of state's response' to Covid-19.

They must now register their participation on the Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS) by 27 May and update their practice's transparency notice on their website to ensure patients are informed, NHS Digital said. 

It added: ‘GPs are being overwhelmed with requests for data to support the response to coronavirus. This collection will allow more time for GPs to care for patients.’

The temporary solution, which is set to end on 30 September subject to review, aims to reduce administration and ‘ease the burden on GPs’, NHS Digital said.

General practice data, which will be collected via the existing GP extraction service infrastructure, will only be shared to ‘support the coronavirus response’ in line with ‘robust information governance standards and independent oversight’, it said.

‘The GP profession will also be involved before data is made available in response to any request’, NHS Digital added.

It has provided a ‘template GP transparency notice’ so that practices can let patients know about the data collection via their websites, it said.

NHS Digital clinical lead for GP data Dr Peter Short said: ‘Data is crucial to enabling an effective response to the coronavirus pandemic and will help the health and social care system and researchers to save lives. 

‘This emergency data collection will free up time for GPs to spend with patients and ensure that the NHS can use data appropriately and transparently to plan and manage services effectively and potentially develop and target new interventions and treatments.’

Meanwhile, Public Health England is trawling thousands of patient records as part of a rapid review into how different factors including ethnicity and gender affect coronavirus outcomes.

And official figures revealed yesterday that over a quarter of the patients who died with Covid-19 in England had diabetes.

via the existing GP extraction service infrastructure 

Readers' comments (3)

  • NHS digital have pretty much zero impact on me
    This man is deluded

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  • NHS Digital are trying to make it sound like they're doing us a favour, when they were the ones who added extra work to begin with.

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  • What data do they think we have?

    Deloitte, Boots, Circle,Randox... they are the ones who have been paid to take the data to spin into gold.

    We just have the patients to look after with reducing resources, in cities which are seen as expendable, whilst they suck the wealth out of the British economy with the straw held for them by the establishment.

    Please, stop this big data nonsense.
    The data makes sense at the level for which it is intended. There are things which can be trawled for by algorithms, but the noise/signal ratio on this data effectively filters what is needed in this context.

    Pass the resource down to the DPHs and CCGS, or PCNs or practices, some wont cope but most will do more than you can even imagine.

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