Our Digital Future – Healthier Lancashire And South Cumbria

The ‘Our Digital Future’ Strategy outlines a number of shared principles for developing digital solutions between the partners of Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, which includes hospital trusts, NHS organisations and Local Authorities. The strategy covers five inter-connected themes to improve

Clinical correspondence handling in the NHS: Forty-Third Report of Session 2017–19: Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report – House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts

Report finding the NHS wasted £2.5m reviewing the handling of misdirected clinical correspondence. NHS England that were far too slow to treat the issue seriously and take action. As a result, the problem got worse and remedial action for patients was

The Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018: Guide for the health sector in England – Department of Health and Social Care

The Network and Information Systems (NIS) Regulations came into force on 10 May 2018. The regulations place security and reporting requirements on ‘operators of essential services’, including in the healthcare sector.  The Department of Health and Social Care has incorporated the

Investigation into clinical correspondence handling in the NHS – National Audit Office

At the October 2017 hearing of the Committee of Public Accounts to consider the National Audit Office’s investigation into NHS SBS, NHS England informed the Committee that it had discovered a new backlog of 162,000 items of clinical correspondence that had not been

Securing cyber resilience in health and care: A progress update – Department of Health and Social Care

Reports on progress on the implementation plan on securing data and cyber security setting out how out how the Department of Health and Social Care plan to deliver key data and cyber security actions.  

Social Workers and Information Technology: (Summary Paper prepared by GfK and SCIE July 2017) – NHS Digital

Results of a survey into the use of technology by Social Workers in the work environment that finds around 49% are confident users of technology but there remain significant barriers around digital skills, systems design and guidance on information sharing.

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