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Freedom of Information Act:
Policies & Procedures

Information Governance

Information governance is about how the NHS handles information about patients/clients and employees, in particular personal and sensitive information.

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

It is recognised that robust information governance policies and procedures are required in order to successfully implement and develop this programme.

Information governance covers the information component of both clinical and corporate governance and provides a framework for handling information in a confidential and secure manner, to appropriate ethical and quality standards in a modern health service.

The Trust's performance is measured using an information governance toolkit assessment produced jointly by the Department of Health and NHS Connecting for Health.

This assessment is then used as part of the cross checking process by the Healthcare Commission when the Trust makes its declaration of compliance as part of Standards for Better Health.

The toolkit measures compliance with 6 separate initiatives. These being:

  1. Information Governance Management
  2. Confidentiality and Data Protection Assurance
  3. Information Security Assurance
  4. Clinical Information Assurance
  5. Secondary Use Assurance
  6. Corporate Information Assurance

Details of the annual return and information governance updates can be accessed through the Trust Board papers.

Alternatively, they can be accessed direct from the Trust's Information Governance Manager (incorporating data protection officer role).

Informatics Governance Manager
Information Services Department
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Combe Park

Telephone: 01225 824803

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