UKA correspondentTuesday 27 February 2018

GDPR - what it means for the health and social care sector 

Video: Dawn Monaghan, head of data sharing and privacy at NHS England, head of strategic IG at NHS Digital and director of the Information Governance Alliance, outlines what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will mean for the sector

Next May, when the EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into force, is not the finish line, says Monaghan, but the start. And it is the start of a marathon, not a sprint.

Final guidance from the ICO is not yet available due to the workings of the EU process and Monaghan is consequently wary of training providers and others offering the sector solutions to what is as yet an unfinished specification. 

However, she says that the impact of GDPR on the health and social care sector should not be substantial, provided that organisations have been following current data protection legislation and Department of Health/NHS England guidance - but everyone should be doing a 'gap analysis' right now to assess current practice and how they can demonstrate compliance and transparency.

For the full UKA Live debate on identity, consent & GDPR click here and to read the blog on digital concepts for compliance with GDPR click here.