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Implementation process for NHS healthcare organisations

Find out how to implement Female Genital Mutilation - Information Sharing (FGM-IS) within your NHS healthcare organisation.

Our users

FGM-IS is for all NHS funded providers of healthcare to children, across all clinical settings, including:

  • GPs
  • GP practice nurses
  • midwives
  • health visitors
  • school nurses
  • local safeguarding leads

The implementation process

FGM-IS is currently being implemented in NHS healthcare organisations across England. The implementation process varies depending on how you access FGM-IS. There are currently two access routes, using either the Summary Care Record application (SCRa) or an integrated solution (a local IT system integrated with FGM-IS).

NHS Digital is leading implementation activities, working closely with NHS healthcare organisations to guide and support them through the implementation process and we can provide detailed guidance documents. We can also put you in contact with organisations that have implemented FGM-IS.

Find out how simple using the FGM-IS is on the SCRa by watching a 3-minute step by step video:

If you have any queries, or if you want to find out more about starting your implementation journey, please contact the NHS Digital FGM-IS Implementation Team:

The implementation process takes, on average, 8 weeks to complete. This timescale is based on our work with NHS maternity settings who are now live.

Implementation involves:

  1. initial engagement
  2. getting started
  3. getting ready for for FGM-IS
  4. training
  5. ready to use FGM-IS
  6. feedback

Download the letter sent by NHS England on 26 November 2018 to all regional leads, outlining the requirement to implement FGM-IS.

Last edited: 17 January 2020 3:24 pm