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Information Governance Policy

Information is a vital asset, both in terms of the clinical management of individual patients and the efficient management of services and resources. It plays a key part in clinical governance, service planning and performance management.

It is therefore of paramount importance to ensure that information is efficiently managed, and that appropriate policies, procedures and management accountability provide a robust governance framework for information management.

The Trust maintains policies and procedures to ensure compliance with requirements contained in the Information Governance Toolkit, monitored by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

This policy is the overarching policy for information governance and is underpinned by a comprehensive series of information governance standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Information Governance is a framework for handling information in a confidential and secure manner to appropriate ethical and quality standards in a modern health service. It provides a consistent way for employees to deal with the many different information handling requirements including:

  • Clinical information assurance for safe patient care.
  • Confidentiality and data protection assurance.
  • Corporate information assurance.
  • Information security assurance.
  • Information quality assurance.

Link to the full Policy:

Information Governance Policy


Link to the Privacy Notice:

SSSFT Privacy Notice


Link to the Equalities Impact Analysis:

Information Governance Policy - EIA


Links to the Standard Operating Procedures:

Acceptable Use of Information and IT Systems SOP

Acceptable Use of IT Equipment SOP

Caldicott Information Sharing and Safe Haven SOP

Corporate (Non Clinical) Records Management  SOP

Freedom of Information Act SOP

Information and Network SecuritySOP

Information Governance Incident Reporting SOP

Smartcard Registration Authority Management SOP

Subject Access Request SOP

Use of Personal Digital Technology by Service Users SOP

Smartcards for Users SOP

Health and Social Care Records SOP

Privacy Impact Assessment SOP

Link to the SOP Equalities Impact Analysis:

Information Governance SOPs EIA - Staff

Information Governance SOPs EIA - Service Users