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Findings on Impact of Shielding in Liverpool Published

20 Oct 2021

In 2020 NHS Liverpool CCG together with Healthy Wirral Partnership successfully won a Health Foundation bid to form a Networked Data Lab. 

This is a two-year programme which collaborates with 4 other analytical ‘labs from across the United Kingdom.

The aim of the Network is to link national and local health and social care datasets to create unique health insights that will help decision makers to better understand the needs of their community, improve health services, and design innovative new approaches to delivering care.

As part of the programme three research topics have been chosen, alongside a data stewardship workstream. The first analysis topic focussed upon the impact of shielding on individuals on the National Shielding List, also referred to as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) populations. 

Research showed significant unmet health need and worsening mental health among this group in all network areas, including the NHS Liverpool & Healthy Wirral Partnership's data lab. 

Below is a summary of the project’s key findings specifically related to the NHS Liverpool & Healthy Wirral Partnership:

  • 60% of the CEV within Liverpool & Wirral reside in the most deprived areas of England
  • CEV populations had a 50% higher rate of antidepressant prescribing
  • CEV populations are more likely to receive NHS care for mental health
    conditions both during the pandemic compared to the general population
  • The original Liverpool CEV list and the subsequent QCOVID calculation, showed Liverpool had the smallest shift between the two shielding lists during the pandemic. 
  • This demonstrates that local clinical judgement in conjunction with the national algorithm effectively identified the local CEV population and potentially ensured vulnerable people were properly supported in this region.

You can read the full report findings and supporting press release at this link:

Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the clinically extremely vulnerable population - The Health Foundation