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Information Governance

Our guidance is designed to help health and care organisations meet the standards required to handle care information.

IG Toolkit

IG standards and guidance for NHS and partner organisations.

IG Statement of Compliance

IG requirements for organisations accessing NHS digital services including N3.

Information Security

Safeguards and guidelines for protecting patient data.

Technology-specific information security and governance guidance (Good practice guidelines)

Documents providing advice on IT implementation and information governance.

NHS Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)

The infrastructure security system that supports smartcards.

NHS Codes of Practice and Legal Obligations

Confidentiality, information security management and NHS records management.


Standards of practice for health record confidentiality.

National Data Guardian (NDG)

Dame Fiona Caldicott independently advises on the use of confidential health and care information.


The transparency agenda is a pan-government initiative, in which healthcare data figures prominently.

Why information is needed

Information collected by NHS Digital is used to support the daily running of health and care services, as well as in areas beyond your direct care, such as commissioning, public health planning and research.

Information Governance Alliance (IGA)

The authoritative source of advice and guidance about the rules on using and sharing information in health and care.

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