Under the Health and Social Care Act, CCGs are required to undertake full functions, whilst ensuring continuous improvements in the quality of health services and outcomes. The CCG is therefore ensuring that members have the support, skills and knowledge to do this effectively. Part of this work includes engaging with stakeholders and evidencing that the CCG is accountable for its decisions.
Good governance and monitoring gives confidence to users and supports clinicians in making informed, transparent decisions for the local population’s healthcare.
The NHS Care Record Guarantee
The NHS Care Record Guarantee for England sets out the rules that govern how patient information is used in the NHS and what control the patient can have over this. It covers people's access to their own records; controls on others' access; how access will be monitored and policed; options people have to further limit access; access in an emergency; and what happens when someone cannot make decisions for themselves.
Everyone who works for the NHS or for organisations delivering services under contract to the NHS has to comply with this guarantee, which was first published in 2005. The guarantee was reviewed by the National Information Governance Board (NIGB) before the NIGB's functions were transferred to the Care Quality Commission's National Information Governance Committee. The committee was in turn stood down in July 2015, when a report of its findings was presented to the CQC board.