Information Governance

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Ensuring the appropriate collection, use and security of information is a significant legal responsibility for healthcare organisations and individual healthcare workers. Recent high-profile cases of personal data loss and breaches of confidential information within the health sector are a reminder for all healthcare staff to be aware of their responsibilities in using and safeguarding sensitive information.

Data Security has always been important but has become more complex and time-consuming to manage now that technology is so central to the way we deliver health and care.

By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Information Governance

  • understand the principles of Information Governance and the importance of data security in health and care
  • understand the different types and value of information
  • understand the principles of data security, including how to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data
  • be aware of threats to data security and know how to avoid them, including:
    • Social engineering
    • Using social media safely
    • Using email safely
    • Malicious software
    • How to protect information
    • Physical security
  • be able to identify data breaches and incidents and know what to report
  • understand fundamentals of data protection and the UK General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
  • understand the Caldicott Principles and be able to provide a confidential service to patients and service users
  • understand the 10 Data Security Standards
  • understand the National data opt-out
  • understand the responsibilities of healthcare organisations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • understand individual responsibilities in responding to a Freedom of Information request