Information Governance Alliance (IGA)

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

Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care 2016

The Code is a guide for you to use in managing records, based on current legal requirements and professional best practice.

Information sharing resources

View our guidance on duty to share, using the NHS number, shared records and the duty of care.

Good information governance means the public can depend on their data being handled securely, and information within health and care can be shared safely and with confidence to improve the quality of care across the health sector.

The core members of the Information Governance Alliance are the Department of Health, NHS England, NHS Digital and Public Health England. Representatives from the Information Commissioner's Office and the National Data Guardian's Office also sit on the Board.

We offer advice and support, develop networks, publish guidance, endorse guidance produced by others, and work with local and national organisations to improve knowledge and practice of information governance across the health and care system. All NHS Digital guidance, training and resources on information management in health and care are now delivered through the IGA.

This area of the website is under construction. If you can't find what you're looking for, please visit the IGA landing page at our archive site.

Information Governance Alliance pages

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidance

This guidance from the national GDPR working group and IGA will help the NHS, social care and partner organisations prepare for EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), when it begins in May 2018.

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Information governance networks

The IGA is building networks of information governance (IG) professionals across England. You can also find information here on Caldicott Guardian networks.

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IGA news

Find out about the latest latest IGA news and updates. You can also download our IGA newsletters.

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About the Information Governance Alliance

Find out about the Information Governance Alliance, including information about our remit, the IGA Board and when our meetings take place. You can also download minutes from our previous meetings.

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IGA events

Information Governance Alliance training and networking events, and events we are exhibiting at.

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Contact the IGA

Find out how to contact the IGA. You can also subscribe to our mailing list for regular bulletins and updates.

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    IGA newsletter May 2016

    Including an update on our first conference, which took place in March, and articles about the General Data Protection Regulations, an update from the Centre of Excellence, the role of Caldicott Guardians and much more.

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    IGA newsletter August 2017

    Including the latest news on the NDG and CQC reviews, an update on the IGA conference in November, and future plans for the IGA.

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    IGA newsletter March 2017

    Including news on services to support public trust and security and new recommendations from the NDG on consent and opt-outs.

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    IGA newsletter August 2016

    Latest news on the National Data Guardian and CQC reviews and consultation, and details of what we're doing to support you.

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    IGA newsletter December 2016

    Latest news on the IGA Conference, the National Data Guardian consultation and changes to legal frameworks.

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    IGA newsletter February 2016

    Including regular contributions from NHS England, Information Commissioner's Office, The Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing and the Strategic Information Governance Network.