Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG's)
As Clinical Commissioning Groups [CCGs] begin to take shape, and they become legal entities in their own right, they will be bound by the legal framework in respect of managing information.
There is also a wide range of mandatory guidance for bodies working with the NHS, and contracted by them.
There is now a formal information governance toolkit [IGT] for CCGs which has been issued by Connecting for Health. This state’s
“whilst ultimate responsibility for Information Governance rests with the most senior level of accountability. In a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) this will be the Accountable Officer and Executive Team, there needs to be a robust framework for managing Information Governance that extends to cover all those working on behalf of the organisation
Robust Information Governance requires clear and effective management and accountability structures, governance processes, documented policies and procedures, trained staff and adequate resources. The way that an organisation chooses to deliver against these requirements is referred to within the Information Governance Toolkit as the organisation’s Information Governance Management Framework. This Framework must be documented, approved at the most appropriate senior management level in the organisation (eg a member of the Executive Team) and reviewed annually.”
How we can help?
In order for the CCG to meet these requirements they will need to have in place and appropriately trained:
- Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO)
- Caldicott Guardian
- Information Asset Owner/Information Asset Administrator Framework
- Information Governance manager or IG Lead
- (Freedom Of Information and) Data Protection Leads
- Records Manager (Health and Corporate Records)
- Information Security Manager/Adviser
- Human Resource and Training involvement
- Privacy Officer
“Each CCG will be accountable for ensuring that it has adequate IG measures in place covering all aspects of information handling e.g. Information Security and Risk Management, Data Protection and Confidentiality, Information Quality and Corporate Records. The area which receives greatest media and public attention is the loss or inappropriate use of confidential patient information and recent legislation allows an organisation to be fined up to £500,000 for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. However, perhaps even more importantly, to discharge your CCG functions effectively you will need robust arrangements in place to support the effective and appropriate use of information.”
Source: Department of Health
We can provide onsite training for each of these roles. It is most effective if delivered for a group of CCGs together. Within each group of CCGs, arrangements are emerging where commissioning support is shared and this is being reflected in a commonality of arrangements
Senior Information Risk Owner Training for CCGs and CSUs
“Very interesting and well-presented course”
Information Governance and Security Manager
NB The view expressed is a personal one.
The Clinical Commissioning Group Policy and Template Pack
This is a pack which contains the essential IG policies and procedures, templates and associated guidance, customised for CCGs, for you to use in your organisation.
Policies and Procedures
- Data Protection
- Information Security
- Data Quality
- Confidentiality Code of Conduct
- Subject Access
- Freedom of Information
- Information Asset Policy
- Information Governance Strategy
- Mobile Working Policy
- Network Security Policy
- etc ...............
- Information Asset Register
- Individual Risk Assessment Template
- Privacy Impact Assessment
- Information Governance Toolkit Action Planning Template
- etc ...............
Advice & Guidance
- How to approach the IG Toolkit
- Best Practice Guidance
- Top Tips on implementing the Information Asset Owner/Information Asset Administrator Framework
Additionally, we have produced a series of e-learning modules which are accessible from our website. The modules are short in length [30-45 minutes] and include, especially for CCGs and CSUs:
- Information Security
- SIRO/Information Asset Owner and Information Asset Administrator development and implementation
- Using the Policies, Procedures, Templates and Guidance
- The Caldicott Guardian in the CCG
Enhanced IG Expert
The Enhanced IG Expert service provides you with what you need. We can put together a package of support/guidance/advice [by e-mail, ‘phone or onsite] to provide your organisation with exactly what you need.
We can provide you with help across the information governance agenda, including:
- Commissioning and contracting
- Consent Issues, including explicit and implied consent
- Information-sharing across partner organisations
- Changes to working arrangements and movement of information to new providers etc.
- Advising on the legal basis for processing information
- Managing databases
- Records management in relation to new and closing organisations, and passing information to other organisations
You can choose the level of input that you require
- Competitive pricing
- You can choose to buy any combination: onsite training/the Clinical Commissioning Group Policy and Template Pack/the E-learning and the Enhanced IG Expert
- E-learning and Policy/Templates updated at regular intervals by DJA Ltd
- Content developed by ourselves, with many years combined experience in relation to Information Governance, learning approaches, practical relevance to the workplace and top tips for implementation
- Including a specific focus for the CCGs and CSUs
Please contact us to discuss your requirements further Louise Wilder or Katie Fairman