Female Genital Mutilation Risk Indication System (FGM RIS)

Summary

The FGM RIS is a national IT system that supports the early intervention and ongoing safeguarding of girls, under the age of 18, who are potentially at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Top tasks

Implementation process for healthcare organisations - Find out how to implement the FGM RIS within your NHS healthcare organisation.

NHS IT system suppliers - Find out how NHS IT system suppliers can integrate with the FGM RIS and which systems are accredited.

About the FGM RIS

Launched by the Department of Health (DH) and NHS England at the Girl Summit in July 2014, the FGM RIS provides a national IT system for healthcare professionals and administrative staff to record the potential risk of FGM on girl's health record. 

How it works

The FGM RIS is part of the NHS Spine. Healthcare professionals and administrative staff can view, add and remove the FGM risk indicator, and it can be accessed via the Summary Care Record Application (SCRa), or with a local clinical system integrated with FGM RIS.
 
Access is controlled via NHS smartcards and the appropriate Role Based Access Codes (RBAC), so only authorised healthcare professionals and administrative staff with the relevant security permissions can access the FGM risk information.

FGM RIS information

The FGM RIS contains:

  • an indicator that a girl is potentially at risk of FGM
  • the date that the FGM safeguarding risk assessment was carried out
  • the date that the FGM risk indicator was added on to the system

How FGM RIS helps

National system

Allows authorised healthcare professionals and administrative staff throughout England to view information about girls at risk of FGM, regardless of location.

Information sharing

Shares FGM risk information with authorised healthcare professionals and administrative staff, who come into contact with girls at risk of FGM as they grow up.

Safeguarding

Provides an opportunity to strengthen local safeguarding frameworks and processes.


Latest news

August 2017 - EMIS pilot for FGM RIS view functionality successful in Lewisham Medical Centre

EMIS has successfully piloted FGM RIS view capability and are pending full rollout approval. Once approval is awarded, EMIS will enable FGM RIS view functionality in their EMIS web practices, which are around 4,300 GP practices in England.


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Contact details

Have a question about the FGM RIS? Please call us on 0300 3035678 or email enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

Further information

  1. NHS IT system suppliers

    Find out how NHS IT system suppliers can integrate with the Female Genital Mutilation Risk Indication System (FGM RIS) and which systems are accredited.