Data protection information for care providers

Information on processing and sharing confidential information, how all care providers can access NHSmail and temporary changes to Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) during the coronavirus outbreak.

Further information

New information sharing guidance

Digital Social Care have published guidance on information sharing and information governance to support providers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Processing and sharing confidential patient information for a COVID-19 purpose 

To support research, protect public health, provide healthcare services and manage the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of Health and Social Care have asked for confidential patient information to be processed by Leicester City Council under the Health Service Control of Patient Information Regulations 2002 (COPI). 

Under this notice, data should be processed for a ‘COVID-19’ purpose, which can include: 

  • Understanding COVID-19 and risks to public health 
  • Identifying people with or at risk of COVID-19 
  • Monitoring and managing the response to COVID-19 by health and social care bodies 

The notice provides a more detailed list of examples. It will expire on or before the 30 September 2020 unless extended.

NHSmail for all care providers

A national decision has been taken to set all care providers up with NHSmail secure email. This will enable swift and secure communication with health and social care colleagues.

NHSmail is accessed as a type of webmail. If you do not already have NHSmail email addresses (….@nhs.net), you will be contacted shortly by email and phone.

If you would like to be prioritised for NHSmail, you can contact CareHomeITAdmin@leics-his.nhs.uk to let them know, including a time when you would like to be contacted.  

Please note, the requirement to obtain NHS Digital Data Security and Protection Toolkit accreditation to access NHSmail has been waived during the COVID-19 emergency. We will support you to gain this accreditation when normal operation resumes.

For further information please use the email above to get in touch.