Information Storage and Handling

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|Identify the legislation that relates to the recording, storage and sharing of information in health and social care |4222.209.1.1 | |Explain why it is important to have secure systems for recoding and storing information in a health and social care |4222.209.1.2 | |setting | | |Describe how to access guidance, information and advice about handling information |4222.209.2.1 | |Explain what actions to take when there are concerns over the recording, storing or sharing of information |4222.209.2.2 |

There are several pieces of legislation in the UK that are in place to protect the storing and the sharing of information held on a patient. The most prominent act in the UK is the Data Protection Act 1998. Any company or individual that is holding personal data for anything other than domestic use is legally required to comply with this act. It was enacted to protect people’s fundamental rights and freedoms with respect to how their personal data is handled and is seen as a way for people to control information about themselves.

There is also the Freedom of information Act in place so that members of the public can request information from public authorities and so that public authorities such as the NHS, public school and the police force are obliged to publish certain information about their activities. However, this act does not give people the right to access their own personal data; for this they should request under the Data Protection Act.

The Health and Social Care Act of 2008 also names one of its essential standards as record keeping. It states that patient’s personal records should be accurate, fit for purpose, held securely and always remain confidential in order to protect safety and wellbeing.

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