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Corporate Records Management(Practitioner)

Information Governance Policy Team

NHS Connecting for Health

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Key Learning Points

  • Records Management Policy

  • Records Management Strategy

  • Records Management Document Audit

  • Records Inventory Survey

  • Raising Records Management profile and awareness

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Records Management Policy

Applies to all records.

A framework for the development of specific procedures and practices to ensure that records are managed and controlled appropriately.

Model documentation is available in the Records Management Roadmap.

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Records Management Policy: Aims

To ensure that records:

Are available when needed

Are accessible

Can be interpreted

Can be trusted

Can be maintained through time

Are secure

Are retained and disposed of appropriately

To ensure that staff are appropriately trained

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Records Management Strategy

  • Sets out an overarching framework

  • Defines the measures for improving the quality, availability and effective use of information

  • Enables clinicians and managers to use information to improve the delivery of health care services

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Records Management Strategy: Aims

  • Responsibility and accountability

  • Record quality

  • Management

  • Security

  • Access

  • Audit

  • Training

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Records Management Strategy: Why?

  • To provide a robust baseline

  • To identify current records management structure

  • To identify what records are generated and how they are archived and stored

  • To meet existing and future demands

  • To meet legal and statutory obligations

  • To improve the standard of records management

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Tools to inform the strategy

  • Records inventory survey

  • Audit of policies & procedures

  • Assessment of environmental conditions

  • Access controls for storage areas

  • Assessment of tracing/tracking systems

  • Comparing records to retention schedules

  • Review retention & destruction procedures

  • Training provision

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Making it Happen

The strategy should:

  • Contain a realistic, achievable action plan

  • Identify the resources required to achieve the plan

  • Identify potential risks

  • Establish regular progress reviews

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Where are we now? (Position Statement)

  • Baseline audit

  • Identify the types and numbers of records and their location

  • Describe environmental conditions

  • Document security & access arrangements to storage areas

  • Identify management responsibility

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Where are we now? (Position Statement)

  • Document record retention periods and indicate compliance status;

  • List existing policies & procedures including retention, weeding, archiving & destruction.

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Where do we want to be? (Goals & Objectives)

Goals andobjectives should be SMART

  • Specific

  • Measurable

  • Achievable

  • Realistic

  • Time-bound

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Developing the Action Plan(Identifying Goals & Objectives)

  • Designated manager?

  • Retention periods?

  • Sufficient storage space?

  • Environmental conditions?

  • Additional storage?

  • Archiving solutions?

  • Disposal & destruction arrangements?

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Developing the Action Plan (How Are We Going To Get There?)

  • Identify tasks related to each of the goals and objectives and:

    • Specifytimescales

    • Quantifyresources required

    • Determine responsibility for action(s)

  • Produce a business case to secure additional resources if necessary.

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Developing the Action Plan(What Progress AreWe Making?)

  • Determine monitoring criteria & timescales, and specify:-

    • How progress will be monitored

    • When progress will be monitored

    • How progress will be reported

  • Schedule monitoring meetings aligned with the timescales & milestones in the strategic plan.

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Keeping The Strategy Under Review

  • Annual review

  • Maintain close links with the IM&T strategy

  • Maintain close links with the Information Governance Toolkit assessment process

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Undertaking a Records Inventory Survey

  • Organisations collect, store and use a vast amount of information

  • A crucial component of IG is to know what information is used and how it is stored

  • A Records Inventory helps manage information and comply with legal & statutory obligations

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Model Records Inventory Survey Forms

Model Inventory Survey Forms

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Practical Steps

A records inventory can appear a huge task

A stepped approach is recommended

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Distributing & Completing the inventory

  • Centrally coordinate the distribution of Inventory forms

  • Forms to be completed by department managers

  • Aggregate the forms either manually or electronically (eg Excel, Access etc)

  • Regularly review and update the Inventory

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Benefits of a Records Inventory

Improves compliance with

  • Records Management: NHS Code of Practice

  • IG toolkit requirements

  • NHS litigation authority’s risk management standards

  • Standards for better health

  • Professional standards

    Informs board’s assurance framework

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Raising awareness of Records Management – Why?

  • To ensure that everyone knows who has the lead role for records management in the organisation

  • To ensure that all members of staff understand their personal responsibilities in respect of records management

  • To ensure that issues and progress on records management are routinely fed back to the board