Information governance in local quality improvement

Guidance | Published: 08 Sep 2020

This guide has been reviewed and updated from previous versions written by HQIP.

This guide describes how information governance (IG) laws and principles apply to the use of personal data in local or regional multi-agency healthcare quality improvement studies such as clinical audit, productivity reviews, intervention testing, and service evaluation.

It is designed to assist clinicians, quality improvement specialists, support staff and service users who lead, take part in, or review, local and regional quality improvement studies such as clinical audits, with the application of IG law to their work.

Disclaimer: Due to the dynamic nature of IG, readers are advised to seek expert advice and refer to updated national guidance as appropriate. This guidance document does not constitute legal advice. HQIP will highlight changes and update this page with links to national information where appropriate as it becomes available.

The deadline for health and care organisations to comply with the national data opt-out policy is currently 31st March 2021. For more information visit the NHS Digital website.

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Information governance in local quality improvement