Data security and information governance

NHS Digital offers guidance on protecting data and handling information securely.

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

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Data and cyber security: protecting information and data in health and care

Our Data Security Centre supports health and care to keep patient information and computer systems safe.

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Information Governance Alliance (IGA)

National independent group of care organisations promoting good IG.

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UK Caldicott Guardian Council

A Caldicott Guardian is a senior person responsible for protecting the confidentiality of people's health and care information and making sure it is used properly.

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National Data Guardian (NDG)

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

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IG Statement of Compliance

IG requirements for organisations accessing NHS digital services including N3.

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Data Security & Protection Toolkit (DS&P)

The Data Security and Protection Toolkit is an online self-assessment tool that allows organisations to measure their performance against the National Data Guardian’s 10 data security standards. This used to be known as the IG Toolkit.

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NHS and social care data: off-shoring and the use of public cloud services

National guidance for health and care organisations who want to use cloud services or data offshoring to store patient information.

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Data Security and Protection Toolkit

An online self-assessment tool that all organisations must use if they have access to NHS patient data and systems.

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Codes of practice for handling information in health and care

What health and care organisations must do to look after information properly, covering confidentiality, information security management and NHS records management.

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Publication scheme

This is the publication scheme for NHS Digital, drawn up under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. It fulfils the requirements of the Information Commissioner as set out in the model publication scheme for FOI public authorities.

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Supporting open data and transparency

Open data is data that can be used and shared by anyone, for any purpose. We make this data publicly available to improve transparency in health and care.