What is IG?

Information Governance is a framework for handling patient information in a confidential and secure manner to appropriate ethical and quality standards in a modern health service.

Information Governance is concerned with the standards that should apply when information is processed. This encompasses how information is Held, Obtained, Recorded, Used and Shared (HORUS).

Information Governance allows organisations and individuals to ensure that information is dealt with legally, securely, efficiently and effectively, in order to deliver best possible care.

Information Commissioner’s office (ICO)

The ICO website provides useful guidance for organisations on the Data Protection Act (DPA) and Freedom of Information Act (FOI). Access to news bulletins, decision notices and a register of data controllers are also available.

Records Management - NHS Code of Practice

The NHS Code of Practice on Records Management is on NHS Digital's website. It provides guidance on retention periods and disposal of different types of records.

Find out more

Further information on IG is available on the NHS England and NHS Digital websites.