Information governance

Practical and up-to-date advice on information governance issues

We provide advice on the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 1998 and other legislation involving rights of access to information. Healthcare services regularly face decisions regarding disclosure of information of a political and commercially sensitive nature. There is a tension which exists between political pressures regarding the transparency of a public body and the commercial decisions organisations make. We provide practical advice on disclosure, confidentiality and privilege within this context.

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  • Data protection – getting it right

    Dentists across the UK will be all too familiar with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) but possibly not yet accustomed to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will apply from 25 May 2018. Notwithstanding Brexit, the UK government has indicated that it will implement the new regime.

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  • GDPR – are you ready?

    Keeping confidential information about staff and patients secure is a responsibility NHS organisations have taken seriously for a long time. But the requirements on them are about to increase. From May 2018, organisations will need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an EU regulation.

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  • GDPR How it affects health and social care businesses

    Keeping confidential information about staff and patients secure is a responsibility businesses operating in the health and social care sectors have taken seriously for a long time. But the requirements are about to increase. From May 2018, organisations will need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an EU regulation.

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  • Health start-ups: Online healthcare businesses – the data protection issues

    The way services are accessed has been transformed by the changes in technology over the past decade and these developments present exciting opportunities for transforming how healthcare can be delivered however, when seeking to develop new opportunities, it is essential to have a clear understanding on the law governing the use of data and ensure that these considerations are incorporated into any project from the outset.

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  • Healthcare newsbrief: Winter 2017 edition now available

    Welcome to the winter edition of Hempsons’ Healthcare Newsbrief. Many of you will be reading this at the NHS Providers conference where many of the issues we are writing about – from moving towards digital records to the issues around moving to an accountable care organisation – will be either discussed or on the minds of delegates...

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  • Hospice and Care Benchmarking Survey Report 2016/17

    The Hospice and Care Charity Benchmarking Survey Report is the second study compiled by haysmacintyre and Hempsons with the aim of sharing best practice in the sector and enabling management and trustees to assess their own structure, governance and monitoring procedures against other comparable charities.

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  • What are your obligations with The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – are you going to be ready?

    Certain types of personal data must be treated with particular care due to the sensitive nature of that personal data. This is of course common sense. ‘Health’ comes under what the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) calls the ‘special category’, making it a mandatory obligation to comply with the GDPR and more especially if you work in the health professional field.

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