The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) of which National Care Forum
is a member is leading an Information Governance for Social Care Providers Project.
Providers of social care face four different but related requirements in information sharing and governance over the twelve months to May 2018.
• CQC KLoE’s from October 2017 which include several new topics related to information sharing and governance,
• Caldicott Data Security Principles. Dame Fiona Caldicott made recommendations to HMG in July 2016. The Government is yet to formally respond, but these are common sense, uncontroversial data security principles that many organisations will already be following or working towards.
• NHS Information Governance Toolkit. Version 14 of the toolkit was available during the financial year 2016/7. This version is currently still available for a Baseline Assessment for any provider. Once completed it cannot be updated. However the toolkit was designed by the NHS for the larger NHS providers and hence cannot be deemed to be proportionate for small social care providers. A significantly revised toolkit (which may not bear the same name) is currently being developed for 2018 with piloting due within social care in the second half of this financial year. The revised toolkit will be based on the Caldicott Data Security principles.
• Implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) as a successor to the Data Protection Act 1998, which comes into force on 25th May 2018.
The attachments should assist you in understanding this complex area and what is on the horizon.