Information is a vital asset, both in terms of the clinical management and care of individual patients and the efficient organisation of services and resources. NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough aims to safeguard patient confidentiality and maintain data security whilst empowering staff to perform their role within the boundaries of the good information governance.
Information governance is the way in which the NHS handles all of its information, in particular the personal and sensitive information relating to patients and employees.
The Information Governance team ensures these requirements are met by raising awareness about data protection, confidentiality and information security, and by performing audits to ensure standards are maintained.
It provides a framework to ensure that personal information is dealt with legally, securely, efficiently and effectively, in order to deliver the best possible care.
It also offers NHS employees a clear structure to deal consistently with the many different rules about how information is handled, including those set out in:
• The Data Protection Act 2018
• The Common Law Duty of Confidentiality
• The Confidentiality NHS Code of Practice
• Information Security Management NHS Code of Practice
• The Records Management Code of Practice 2021
• The Freedom of Information Act 2000
The IG Framework is supported by a set of approved policies, procedures and guidelines. Key policies in the framework are available to download further down this page.
Ensuring that our staff and clinical leaders are suitably equipped to manage this important area of work is a key priority for NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and integral to our capacity to deliver on plans to build local trust. The penalties for breaking data protection and associated laws can be significant. These include:
- Organisations can be fined for each data breach and/or subjected to other sanctions
- Individuals responsible for breaches may be subject to disciplinary action that can result in dismissal
- Staff morale can be affected – and reputations which organisations have worked hard to build over many years, can take even longer to rebuild among local communities
To find out more, visit: https://www.nhsx.nhs.uk/information-governance/