Information governance ensures necessary safeguards for, and the appropriate use of, patient, personal and business sensitive information. Information governance sits alongside clinical governance, research governance and corporate governance and it provides a framework to bring together all of the requirements, standards and best practice that apply to the handling of information.
It also provides a consistent way for staff to deal with the many different information handling requirements - including:
All staff are required to learn about information governance to help ensure that they follow the best practice guidelines on information handling to enable them to manage information for the benefit of the patient or client. Patients and clients will know that their information will not be disclosed or used inappropriately.
To ensure organisational compliance with the department of Health's Information Governance Toolkit, including the development and implementation of policy, procedure and guidance materials.
There are times when we need to share information with others which is not a problem if:
However, if you need to share information outside of the NHS you will need to contact the IG team for advice and help. We have an Inter -Agency Information Sharing Protocol that many local non NHS organisations have signed up to and individual information sharing agreements can be set up under this to allow the sharing of information where it is legal and correct to do so.
Final decisions on whether to share information with other organisations can only be made by the Trusts Caldicott Guardian so in the first instance, contact the IG team for advice.
We are being encouraged to share more freely to support the new Health and Social Care agenda, however we must always ensure that we are complying with the law when we do!
Information Sharing Agreements help us to:
Don’t just take our word for it, we may be a little biased towards ourselves, take a look what our customers have said about the work we have done for them.
As a team we have a range of skills. Find out a little more about the individuals focus areas in our team below.