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Information Governance

Information Governance
Information Governance Toolkit
Information Governance Links
HORUS - Department of Health information management model

Information Governance is the way in which the NHS handles all organisational information, in particular the personal and sensitive information of patients and employees. It allows organisations and individuals to ensure that personal information is dealt with legally, securely, efficiently and effectively, in order to deliver the best possible care.

It provides a framework for bringing together the requirements, standards and best practice that apply to the handling of information. It has four fundamental aims:

  • To support the provision of high quality care by promoting the effective and appropriate use of information.
  • To encourage responsible staff to work closely together, preventing duplication of effort and enabling more efficient use of resources.
  • To develop support arrangements and provide staff with appropriate tools and support to enable them to carry out their responsibilities to consistently high standards.
  • To enable organisations to understand their own performance and manage improvement in a systematic and effective way.

The framework currently encompasses:

  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Confidentiality Code of Practice
  • Records Management
  • Information Quality Assurance
  • Information Security
  • Information Governance Management.

More information can be found in the Connecting for Health Information Governance leaflet.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) has a comprehensive Information Governance programme managed by the Trust's Information Governance Group and coordinated by the Information Governance Coordinator. Compliance is assessed by means of the annual Information Governance Toolkit

Information Governance Policy

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Information Governance Toolkit

As a key part of the Information Governance agenda, the Department of Health and NHS Connecting for Health jointly produced an Information Governance Toolkit. This web-based tool currently represents Department of Health policy as at 30 May 2007.

The toolkit has been made available to assist organisations in achieving the aims of Information Governance. It currently includes:

  • Information Governance Management
  • The NHS Confidentiality Code of Practice
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Information Security
  • Information Quality
  • Records Management
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000

The toolkit covers these areas as a set of five initiatives:

  • Information Governance Management
  • Confidentiality and Data Protection Assurance
  • Information Security Assurance
  • Clinical Information Assurance
  • Corporate Information Assurance

The toolkit also contains specific organisational views. It is the tool by which organisations can assess their compliance with current legislation, standards and national guidance. Connecting For Health IG Toolkit*

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HORUS - Department of Health information management model

The Department of Health has developed a model for managing information. Information should be:

  • Held securely and confidentially
  • Obtained fairly and efficiently
  • Recorded accurately and reliably
  • Used effectively and ethically
  • Shared appropriately and lawfully

The Department of Health - HORUS*

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