For the third consecutive year Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been announced as the best mental health and community trust in England for the way it stores confidential information about its patients.
The Trust has topped the national charts for ensuring that confidential information, such as patient records, is stored and managed safely, by achieving 96% compliance and an initial grading of satisfactory (the highest grading available).
How was this rated?
Each year Derbyshire Healthcare has to submit its annual Information Governance Toolkit Assessment to NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), an organisation which maintains and develops the national IT infrastructure for the NHS. The Information Governance Toolkit is an online system which allows NHS organisations to ensure patients’ confidential information is stored safely, and to assess themselves against Department of Health information governance policies and standards.
The Toolkit submission is a self-assessment tool covering 45 achievements and NHS trusts have to submit over 650 pieces of evidence to demonstrate compliance with these standards; this covers everything from the physical security of computers and policies and procedures dedicated to record keeping.
Derbyshire Healthcare takes patient confidentiality seriously
At Derbyshire Healthcare, it is mandatory for all staff to complete training about information governance every year, in order to understand their ‘duty of confidence’ and their responsibility to tell patients how their personal information will be used. The Trust also sets itself tough targets around making sure all policies and procedures relating to information governance are accurate and up to date.
John Sykes, Caldicott Guardian for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Once again it gives me great pleasure to announce that Derbyshire Healthcare tops the charts for maintaining patient confidentiality. This is a fantastic achievement and should give our patients confidence that the personal information the Trust holds about them is being held securely. This level of success can only be achieved through the hard work and commitment of all our staff, so my thanks go to them.”