Information Governance (IG) is about setting a high standard for the handling of information. There are many different standards and legal rules that apply to information handling, such as NHS Codes of Practice on confidentiality, information
security and records management; the NHS Care and Social Care Record Guarantees and laws such as the Data Protection Act 1998, the Human Rights Act (Article 8) and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Due to the range and complexity of the standards and legal rules, the Department of Health (DOH) developed a set of requirements compiled into an online toolkit. All NHS organisations and partners such as General Practice, Hospitals, Dentists and other clinical and non-clinical services are
required to assess themselves against DOH IG policies and standards. The IG Toolkit also allows members of the public to view the results of the assessments. Visit their website www.igt.hscic.gov.uk for further information.