Information governance

Information governance

The purpose of this service is to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all the trust’s information and information systems.

You will find information below on:

  • Work areas
  • Aims
  • Data protection

Information governance currently encompasses the following initiatives or work areas:

  • Information governance management
  • Confidentiality and data protection assurance
  • Freedom Of Information Act 2000
  • Information security assurance
  • Clinical information assurance
  • Secondary use assurance
  • Corporate information assurance

Information governance has four fundamental aims:

  1. To support the provision of high quality care by promoting the effective and appropriate use of information.
  2. To encourage responsible staff to work closely together, preventing duplication of effort and enabling more efficient use of resources.
  3. To develop support arrangements and provide staff with appropriate tools and support to enable them to discharge their responsibilities to consistently high standards.
  4. To enable the trust to understand it’s own performance and manage improvement in a systematic and effective way.

Data protection

The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) applies to anyone who holds or has access to information about a living individual. It provides principles under which all organisations, including the NHS, operate when handling personal data.

Click here for more information on the Data Protection Act