IG Governance Toolkit and Guidance available – deadline 31st March 2019

IG Governance Toolkit and Guidance available – deadline 31st March 2019

January 8, 2019

SNC has developed and this week published a series of guidance documents to assist community pharmacy contractors as they work towards their information governance (IG) declaration for 2018/19. Previously known as the IG Toolkit, this year contractors must complete the new ‘Data Security and Protection Toolkit’ no later than 31st March 2019.

PSNC and NHS Digital have been working together on the development of the Toolkit and NHS Digital has informally endorsed the information in the Toolkit completion: Overview (see link below).

As part of this work PSNC achieved agreement with NHS Digital in key areas which will significantly reduce the work contractors need to do to complete the Toolkit. Firstly, any contractor who completed our General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Workbook earlier this year can simply tick a box to confirm this and around half of the questions will be auto-completed. Secondly, with support from a number of PMR suppliers, many contractors will have access to information to help answer up to 12 technical questions.

PSNC has made our guidance materials available to contractors as soon as possible and would encourage contractors to consider this annual requirement in their planning as it coincides with a number of other events, including the introduction of the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) and the Quality Payments review point.

PSNC guidance documents

Link : https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/psnc-guidance-on-meeting-ig-requirements-now-available/

Toolkit completion: Overview – this outlines six steps to complete the Toolkit.

Toolkit completion: Question-by-question guidance (mandatory questions) (PDF version) – this can be used to work your way down the Toolkit questions from top to bottom completing the mandatory questions not already marked completed.

Toolkit completion: Question-by-question guidance (all) – this Excel spreadsheet, covering all mandatory and optional questions, provides an alternative to using the PDF.

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