Data Sharing With the SW AHSN Is Now Easier Following Information Governance Improvements

On 31 March 2017, the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) became compliant with level two of the NHS Information Governance Toolkit’s policies and standards. This means we can now receive data from NHS organisations to support analysis and evaluation.

The Information Governance Toolkit is a Department of Health (DH) Policy delivery vehicle which collates all DH policy and guidance to a single set of requirements which NHS and related organisations must be compliant with.

The SW AHSN began assessing its processes in early 2017, and after completing its first self-assessment and delivering full staff training by an NHS Information Governance (IG) expert, it achieved level two status.

Caroline Powell, Director of Intelligence, SW AHSN said: “In order for us to properly support our network members, which include health and care organisations across the South West, we require access to pseudonymised patient data. Compliance with the Toolkit has allowed this to happen and we are now providing analysis and evaluation of their data in order to support and improve health and social care services.”

Jo Yelland, Development Director, Integrated Care Exeter said: “It’s great news that the SW AHSN has reached level two of the NHS Digital Information Governance Toolkit. This means we can now move at pace and scale on the development of the Integrated Care Exeter Risk Stratification Tool for population health and wellbeing. Having the SW AHSN as an equal partner and critical friend within our collaborative has been crucial in the creation of this unique place-based linked data set.”

The SW AHSN will continually review its IG self-assessment and repeat staff training annually.

To view the SW AHSN’s Assessment Report, please click here. If you would like any further information on the SW AHSN IG Policies, or the IG Toolkit itself, please email info@swahsn.com and the IG Team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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