Health Data Sharing

NHS Health Data

Health data has been produced by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and NHS England to help identify over 65s and vulnerable households in order to deliver vital Home Fire Safety Checks and safety referrals.

NHS England, the Royal College of General Practitioners and Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) in England work together to share information (where relevant, proportionate and necessary) to allow Fire Service personnel to undertake home safety assessments for those who would benefit from a visit. 

The majority of fire deaths in the UK occur amongst the elderly population. However along with the risk of fire older people are also most vulnerable to number of other risks. A home visit from the FRS is proven to make them safer and can reduce risk significantly. 

In one area of the United Kingdom where this work has been piloted since 2007 (Exeter), there has been a significant reduction in fire deaths and injuries which has developed into a current trend well below the national average. So we know this work can save many lives. 

The FRS and NHS will continue to work together in the future to ensure the visits undertaken by the FRS are effective in helping make people safe and well.