Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research Platform

Purposes for processing

The purposes for processing are to identify medical conditions and medications that affect the risk or impact of Covid-19 infection on individuals; this will assist with identifying risk factors associated with poor patient outcomes as well as information to monitor and predict demand on health services.

Categories of personal data

The information we will process for these purposes includes:

  • Demographic information (age, sex, area of residence, ethnicity);
  • Clinical information pertaining to coronavirus-related care and outcomes;
  • Clinical information pertaining to wider health conditions, medications, allergies, physiological parameters (e.g. BMI), prior blood tests and other investigation results, and other recent medical history (g. smoking status).

Sources of the data

We collect your personal data for this purpose from:

  • COVID-19 Hospitalisation in England Surveillance System (CHESS) (Public Health England), Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) and other NHS intensive care or relevant datasets containing information about the healthcare of patients with COVID-19;
  • Primary care (GP) records processed by TPP (i.e. GP surgeries using SystmOne software).

Categories of recipients

Your personal data is received and used by:

  • The Phoenix Partnership (Leeds) Ltd (TPP), the vendor of the GP system SystmOne, is contracted with NHS England to receive and process the data; TPP will act as the data processor.
  • The DataLab, University of Oxford, and the EHR research group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), under contract with NHS England, will specify and conduct the analyses on the data held by TPP.

Retention period

Your data will be stored for the following period. The pseudonymised data will be retained for the duration of the Covid-19 emergency; de-identified patient level summary data will be retained for 2 years for verification of analyses.

Legal basis for processing

For GDPR purposes NHS England’s basis for lawful processing is Article 6(1)(e) – ‘…exercise of official authority…’.

For special categories (health) data the bases are

Article 9(2)(h) – ‘…health or social care…’;

Article 9(2)(i) – ‘…public health…’;

Article 9(2)(j) – ‘…archiving…research…or statistical purposes…’.

Our basis to process confidential patient information, setting aside the duty of confidence, is regulation 3(4) of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (COPI), which were made under section 251 of the NHS Act 2006.