Provision of mental health care to adults in the emergency department – Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

This bulletin relates to an investigation of a woman experiencing a mental health crisis who, having presented to her general practitioner, ambulance service and the emergency department of her local hospital, subsequently took her own life. A preliminary investigation reviewed

Health and social care data risk model – NHS Digital

This risk model provides a consistent way of assessing and recording the details of any proposed use of cloud services, producing a risk class indication.

Health and Social Care Cloud Risk Framework – NHS Digital

This guidance presents a framework for assessing and managing risk around the use of public cloud technologies in the health and social care sectors in England. This framework is intended to be treated as guidance and is recommended to be

Health and Social Care Cloud Security – Good Practice Guide – NHS Digital

This document provides advice and guidance about the safeguards that should be put in place to enable health and social care organisations to safely locate health and care data, including patient information, in the public cloud.  

Health and social care cloud security one page overview – NHS Digital

This guidance provides a one page overview to support you in your role as data controller, ensuring that all uses of public cloud are well-executed: known, safe, secure and effective.  

NHS and social care data: off-shoring and the use of public cloud services – NHS Digital

Guidance from NHS Digital setting clear expectations for health and care organisations who want to use cloud services or data offshoring to store patient information.  The guidance ensures that organisations know how to use these solutions safely and securely, especially in

2017/18 Data Security and Protection Requirements – Department of Health & Social Care

This document sets out what all health and care organisations will be expected to do to demonstrate that they are putting into practice the 10 data security standards recommended by the National Data Guardian.

Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS – Reform

This report from the Reform thinktank illustrates the areas where artificial intelligence (AI) could help the NHS become more efficient and deliver better outcomes for patients. It also highlights the main barriers to the implementation of this technology and suggests

Life in ‘likes’: Children’s Commissioner report into social media use among 8-12 year olds – Children’s Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner’s report on the effects of social media on 8-to-12-year-olds examines the way children use social media and its effects on their wellbeing. ‘Life in Likes’ fills a gap in research showing how younger children use platforms which social

Changes to data protection requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – NHS Employers

NHS Employers factsheet developed with Capsticks, identifying the key changes in data protection legislation that will affect the way that employers in NHS organisations carry out tasks involving personal data, particularly around employment checks and recruitment processes.

National Data Guardian for Health and Care 2017 report: Impact and influence for patients and service users – National Data Guardian

The National Data Guardian (NDG) has published a report looking back over the three years since the creation of the role and describing future priorities. It sets out a clear case for the independent advice and challenge the role provides to ensure

Reasonable expectations: supporting health and care professionals to share data in line with patient expectations: October 2017 – report – National Data Guardian

Report of a second seminar looking at concerns implied consent is being used as a justification for using and sharing information about patients for purposes which might not be regarded as direct care and where it may not be reasonable to expect

Sharing patient data: exploring consensus on reasonable expectations July 2017 – Seminar Report – National Data Guardian

Looks at concerns implied consent is being used as a justification for using and sharing information about patients for purposes which might not be regarded as direct care and where it may not be reasonable to expect that the patient understands how data

Clinical correspondence handling at NHS Shared Business Services: Fourth Report of Session 2017–19: Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report – House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts

Report into the failures in the handling of sensitive clinical data by NHS Shared Business Services Limited (NHS SBS). Even as the Committee was looking into problems dating back at least three years, NHS England was uncovering more mishandled correspondence.  The committee was unimpressed

The future of public service identity: blockchain – Reform

Report from the thinktank Reform that identifies Estonia, Dubai and Australia are trialing the use of blockchain to transform identity management and the UK must do the same if it is to lead the group of digitally enabled nations.  Blockchain is a unique

Practical Guidance On Sharing Of Information And Information Governance For All NHS Organisations Specifically For Prevent And The Channel Process – NHS England

This guidance is intended to assist those involved in information sharing and information governance for the purpose of Prevent, a counter-terrorism safeguarding programme. It is designed to assist in the decision making process about the appropriateness of sharing information (particularly

Implementing the McNeil Review recommendations in 2017/18 – Pubic Health England

Document that sets out the agreed next steps, ways of working and indicative timelines to implement the recommendations of the McNeil review of Public Health England’s data collection and data management functions.  

Review Of Public Health England’s Data Collection And Data Management Functions – National Information Board

Reviews Public Health England’s Data Collection and Data Management Functions and makes recommendations on whether these activities might be better managed by NHS Digital. A high-level implementation plan accompanies the review and outlines how the recommendations will by jointly implemented

Implementation guidance: fundamental standard for sexual orientation monitoring – NHS England

This Guidance supports the implementation of the Information Standard for Sexual Orientation Monitoring; the standard provides the mechanism for recording the sexual orientation of all patients/service users aged 16 years and over across all health services and Local Authorities with responsibilities for Adult social

Using clinical audit in commissioning healthcare services – Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Guide that describes how clinical audit can be used by commissioners to assure both quality and drive continuous improvement in patient care.