Why we have this 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 that information is efficiently managed, and that appropriate policies, procedures, management accountability and structures provide a robust governance framework for information management.
Position held within the practice
Much of the material is based upon personal experience of conducting CQC inspections, draft legislation and pilot inspections. We hope that you will find this helpful. RightPath4 Limited reserves the right to amend, change and alter this document without notice to you at any time it deems proper to do so. This document should be only be used as part of ongoing improvements to your CQC obligations and compliance in conjunction with other training and resources available to Registered Providers. No guarantee is given and no responsibility will be accepted for changes you decide to make or judgement decisions by CQC inspectors which vary from those expected within this document.
Improvement and regulatory compliance is a journey rather than a destination and RightPath4 encourage you to share your experiences with us and by so doing enhance the service we provide to patients, the duty we have towards our staff, the value of our businesses and of course the efficacy and proportionality of our Regulators.
None of the above exclusions and limitations is intended to limit any rights you may have under statute or statutory instruments.
Diana Hayes CEO RightPath4 Ltd
Scope and purpose
This Information Governance policy provides an overview of the practice’s approach to information governance; a guide to the policies and procedures in use; and details about the IG management structures within the dental practice, including patient information and involvement, team training and monitoring.
All team members be they permanent, temporary, and including contractors are responsible for ensuring that they are aware of and comply with the requirements of this policy and the procedures and guidelines produced to support it.
A Confidentiality Agreement is signed by all employees, self-employed contractors and third parties.
The practice’s approach to Information Governance
This practice undertakes to implement information governance effectively and will ensure the following:
Policies in use in this practice
This Information Governance Policy is underpinned by the following policies:
Procedures in use in this practice
This Information Governance policy is underpinned by the following procedures:
Staff compliance with the procedures is supported by the following guidance material:
Responsibilities and accountabilities
The designated Information Governance lead for the practice is the practice manager.
The key responsibilities of the lead are:
The day to day responsibilities for providing guidance to staff will be undertaken by the practice manager.
The practice provider is responsible for ensuring that sufficient resources are provided to support the effective implementation of IG in order to ensure compliance with the law, professional codes of conduct and the NHS information governance assurance framework. (if applicable)
We inform and involve patients by communicating this policy to them with our Data Protection Code of Practice. We regularly monitor and act on feedback from patients and staff regarding their experience in the practice and make changes as appropriate.
This policy has been approved by the undersigned and will be reviewed on an annual basis. Questions about this policy or associated procedures should be raised with the practice manager or owner.